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Floating Bars In London

Laura Reynolds

Looking for a night out that'll really float your boat? London's full of bars, pubs and cafes on boats, ships and barges, dotted along the River Thames and the city's canals. Whether it's a romantic date night or lively mates' date you're planning, take a look at these waterborne drinking dens.

R.S Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment

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"We drink beer and we drink Cola, all aboard the Hispaniola"

We have no idea what that line is from — it's buried somewhere deep in our childhood, and Google's no help — but it goes through our mind every time we chug past R.S Hispaniola on a Charing Cross train on Hungerford Bridge.

Once you're firmly on Embankment, wander down the gangway onto the smart navy and white vessel for multiple drinking — and eating — options. Afternoon tea and a pre-theatre dinner menu are available, but for us, it's an ideal spot for kicking back with a cocktail and watching the river traffic floating past.

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If the weather's decent, head to the Upper Deck and choose your poison from a lengthy drinks menu including cocktails, mocktails, champagne, wine, spirits and bottled and draught beers with food available also. There's much amusement to be had  up here watching tourists on Hungerford Bridge waving at different tourists on the moving boats below, the boat captains honking their horns to whip their passengers even further into a holiday-induced frenzy.

In adverse weather, head inside to the Pinkton Parlour, where the rose-tinted decor lives up to its name (a throwback, we suspect, to a former Benefit Cosmetics residency on the boat).

As you can imagine, R.S. Hispaniola's prime position across the river from the London Eye makes it very in demand on New Year's Eve, and it plays up to the tourist crowd with a 'London Eye' cocktail, and South Bank Gin used as an ingredient in several cocktails.

Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment

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Tattershall Castle is R.S Hispaniola's raucous neighbour. For every sophisticated evening of cocktails and sunsets the Hispaniola offers, Tattershall Castle tempts passers by on board with lively comedy nights, themed pub quizzes and sports match screenings, that tilted red and blue chimney a beacon to anyone looking for some fun. You can even get married here (easy on that bouquet throw though — soggy roses don't look quite as fetching).

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The boat itself has an interesting history — she was used as a passenger ferry on the Humber Estuary in the 1970s. Her London debut was as a floating art gallery, before she realised that her true calling in life was serving up booze to all that sail in her.

These days, gin is a prominent feature on the drinks menu, with at least 10 varieties available to mix and match with a selection of tonics. Spritz, spirits, wines, beer, ciders and cocktails combine to form a compelling reason to delay your return to dry land for as long as possible. Fish and chips is the specialist food, but the a la carte menu also offers everything from burgers to pies to lamb shanks. There's a separate kids' menu for sailors in training, and afternoon tea is also served.

Tamesis Dock, Lambeth

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Definitely more of a pub than a bar, Tamesis Dock does a decent job of feeling like a characterful local boozer — as long as you're not looking for anything too traditional, and you've got your sea legs.

The converted 1930s Dutch barge has an eclectic collection of benches, tables and bar stools up on deck, and with views of the Houses of Parliament, it's a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. This being London, if the weather's not on your side, head inside, where you'll find the wooden bar and an eclectic range of decor, from traditional nautical bells and navigation maps to disco balls, pop art, and a chandelier made from glass bottles — but the small windows mean that the gentle rolling motion is the only hint you're on a boat. Descend the colourful stairs to our favourite part of the boat, a rather snug area full of charmingly mismatched leather sofas and bar stools. Much more boaty.

Booze-wise you're looking at beer and cider rather than margaritas and pina coladas. It's a standard menu of bottled beers from craft, international and local breweries, with plenty of wine options available too. Food is typical pub fare — chicken wings, nachos, fish and chips, burgers

Bar & Co, Temple Pier

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We'd give this one a miss on nights when FC Barcelona are playing — it's the official home of Penya Blaugrana London, the London outpost of FC Barcelona's Supporters Club. Tennis, rugby and basketball are also shown regularly, so to avoid finding yourself on a floating sports bar, check the fixtures before you turn up.

Beyond sport, Bar&Co is something of a party boat, with a bar, restaurant and nightclub packed onto the vessel, moored at Temple Pier. Up on deck there's a small bar, but most of the action takes place below deck, where there's a seating, dancing and DJ area for up to 130 people.

Barge East, Hackney Wick

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Its elegant shape and fabric, sail-style signs always put us in mind of a pirate ship when we catch a glimpse of Barge East . In reality, it's an old Dutch barge, but you get the feeling that magical things could happen on board, concocted up by the three childhood friends who bought the boat and opened Barge East.

Admirably, many of the drinks are stocked from local east London suppliers. The East London Liquor Co's products are used in Barge East's cocktails, Truman's Brewery's beers appear on the beer list, intermingled with Dutch offerings as a nod to the vessel's heritage. Even the tea is sourced from the London Tea Co. For those looking for a teetotal night out, Dalston Sodas are the alternative to yet another warm orange juice.

Just as much thought has gone into the impressive seasonal food menu, which is far more sophisticated than your average bar menu — think pork belly sausage rolls, pan-fried sea bream, garlic oyster mushrooms...

It's a predominantly outdoor affair, that aforementioned sail being erected as a canopy to stave off the London chill. Fairy lights trace the ship's outline, making for romantic reflections in the water on calm summer nights.

Alfred Le Roy, Hackney Wick

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When it's not cruising the River Lee Navigation and east London canals, you'll find Alfred Le Roy moored up alongside Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick. The cocktail bar is a versatile space, the retractable roof kept firmly on in winter to create a cosy bar, but thrown off in summer for an outside drinking area.

Whatever season you visit, it's surprisingly spacious, but if you want to see it in action, book onto a food and drink cruise and feel the wind in your hair as you chug up and down the canals while indulging in cheese, breads, charcuterie meats, and olives, washed down with cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, prosecco, cider and soft drinks.

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Alfred Le Roy features on the Club Soda Guide — a guide to help mindful drinkers seek out low- and no-alcohol drinks in London — for its top-notch mocktails.

The Milk Float, Hackney Wick

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Moored up at Hackney Wick (yep, the canal's in demand around these parts), where the River Lee Navigation meets the Hertford Union Canal, The Milk Float (puntastic name...) is ideally placed for refreshments after a walk through the Olympic Park. It's a cafe and bar, so you'll find Aperol Spritz and locally-made ginger beer on the menu, alongside knickerbocker glorys. Thursday is tapas night, the barbecue gets fired up in summer, and if you're feeling fired up yourself, you can hire Moo Canoes from the venue and go for a paddle along the canal.

Feng Shang Princess Chinese restaurant, Regent's Park

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Even with its claim to be "the best Chinese restaurant in Primrose Hill" (never mind that it's the only Chinese restaurant in Primrose Hill, eh?), including Feng Shang Princess on a list of bars feels a bit cheeky, as it is predominantly a restaurant. But if we're talking floating experiences in London, it's got to be mentioned. Located in the Cumberland Basin on Regent's Canal, we've witnessed canal boats mooring up alongside the Chinese temple-style two-storey boat and collecting their dinner from its windows, which has to make it the most unique 'drive-thru' restaurant in London.

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But back to the booze, and where Feng Shang shines is its cocktail menu, sticking firmly to the classics (think Bellini, Mojito, Kir Royale, Pina Colada). As just shy of £15 a pop, it's probably not the cheapest drink you'll ever have on a boat, but on a summer's evening, with boats pootling by on the canal, and red Chinese lanterns blowing in the breeze as you tuck into your Kung Pao Chicken, it's one of the more relaxing.

(If floating restaurants are your thing, check out the London Shell Co ).

Darcie & May Green, Paddington

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The ever expanding Daisy Green chain of Aussie coffee shops took to the water with Darcie & May Green , a pair of boats moored in Paddington Basin, overlooking the Grand Union Canal.

The barges are moored up end to end, and easily identifiable by their psychedelic livery, designed by pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Darcie's your lady for all-day dining, whereas May's a go-to for coffee and cocktails.

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16 Of The Best Floating Bars And Restaurants In London For A Lovely Day On The Water

Julie Freeman

Hop aboard London’s most scenic floating pubs, bars, and restaurants.

Though life in the city can feel hectic at times, we’re blessed to be surrounded by beautiful parks , charming canals , and the River Thames, right here in London. When you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle, there’s nothing better than a drink or a meal on the water, especially when it’s sunny out. We’ve rounded up some of the best floating bars and restaurants in London that offer great food and panoramic river views:

1. Barge East, Hackney Wick

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Barge East is the epitome of romantic waterside dining, with dreamy fairy lights, delicious food, and a scenic, maritime atmosphere. Moored at Sweetwater in Hackney Wick, the nearly 120-year-old Dutch barge has been transformed into one of London’s finest outdoor bars and kitchens, serving a seasonal British menu and drinks. Due to its popularity, Barge East has added an entire garden area to accommodate more guests, and is a perfect date spot both during the day and and night. River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln, E9 5EN . More info on their website .

2. Alfred Le Roy, Hackney Wick

Crate Brewery in Hackney has its own boozy barge serving up cocktails, beer, wine, and food while moored. Alfred le Roy also offers private hire and canal cruise experiences along the Lea Navigation. Queen’s Yard, White Post Ln, Mooring, E9 5EN. More info on their website .

3. The Milk Float, Hackney Wick

These milkshakes bring all the boys to the… barge. The Milk Float is exactly what you’d expect, a charming lil’ boat serving scoops of delicious ice cream, coffee, and cakes. But there’s actually much more: Not pictured here is a large seating area out on the water, where you can order (alcoholic) drinks from the bar, and eat street food from the back deck. Tacos, burgers, and then ice cream and shakes — need we say more? Capital Ring, E15 2DZ. More info on their website .

4. The Cheese Barge, Paddington

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If you’ve been following our page throughout the year, this brand new floating temple of fromage needs no introduction. The Cheese Barge is dedicated entirely to cheese, and comes from the team behind The Cheese Bar , so you know it was bound to be a success. Fromage lovers can stuff their faces with endless cheesy goodness while enjoying views of the water. Paddington Basin, Sheldon Square, W2 6DL . More info on their website .

5. Darcie and May Green, Paddington Central

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These pop-art barges will really float your boat. Darcie Green is the perfect setting for al fresco dining, serving Aussie dishes. May Green , open all day, transforms into a buzzing bar with delicious and creative cocktails. The two boats share an open-air deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal, making them the perfect outdoor hangout spots for food, booze, and good times. Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS. More info on their website .

6. London Shell Co – The Grand Duchess & The Prince Regent, Paddington

London Shell Co is known for their floating fish restaurants in Paddington, The Prince Regent and The Grand Duchess . Dine on deck of the permanently docked Grand Duchess boat, or hop aboard The Prince Regent for a cruising lunch or dinner. You can always expect to enjoy the freshest catch and outstanding seafood here. Sheldon Square, W2 6PY. More info on their website .

7. Feng Shang Princess, Regent’s Park

Feng Shang Princess is a floating Chinese restaurant on the edge of Regent’s Park. Aside from traditional Chinese cuisine, they also serve wine, cocktails, and champagnes, but the *floating* aspect and picturesque location is what really sets this haunt apart from other options in London. Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road, Regents Park, NW1 7SS. More info on their website .

8. Tamesis Dock , Vauxhall

Tamesis Dock is a converted 1930s Dutch barge-turned-pub, moored between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge. Guests can catch live music gigs, eat handmade pizzas, and drink their way through the never-ending selection of beers, ciders, and ‘docktails’. Albert Embankment, SE1 7TY. More info on their website .

9. Bateaux London/ Glass Room , Embankment Pier

Glass Room floating restaurant

Bateaux London is your destination for luxury dining and events on the River Thames. With incredible city views and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Glass Room boat will take you on scenic dining river cruises during the day and at night. The venue is incredibly beautiful and hosts a number of events, such as floating jazz evenings and romantic candlelight concerts . Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU. More info on their website .

10. Bar&Co Boat, Victoria Embankment

Also known as ‘The Party Boat Rocking The Thames’, Bar&Co is a bar, restaurant, and nightclub right outside Temple Station. Watch your favourite sports games on the lower-deck screens, dance all night with views of The London Eye and Big Ben, or simply spend a sunny afternoon downing a few pints on the water. Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. More info on their website .

11. Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment

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The Tattershall Castle is perfectly located opposite The London Eye and between Westminster and Embankment Tube stations, so you’re guaranteed a prime view from the deck. The ‘Pub on the Thames’ offers the usual pub grub such as fish & chips, but you can also come here for bottomless brunches and afternoon teas. Plus, The Tattershall Castle hosts various events, such as comedy nights on the Thames — find your tickets here . Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, SW1A 2HR. More info on their website .

12. The Oiler Bar, Royal Victoria Docks

This ex-Royal Navy refuelling barge is now a floating beer garden with views of the Royal Docks, the Canary Wharf skyline, and the WakeUp Docklands watersports park. The Oiler Bar is a lovely spot for a daytime drink on the water or a pizza dinner while watching the sunset. Royal Victoria Docks, Royal Victoria Beach, E16 1AG. More info on their website .

13./14. Hawksmoor & The London Project, Wood Wharf

The London Project

London’s newest pair of floating restaurants has docked in Wood Wharf, and it’s set to open later this year. As you can see, the structures are quite the eye-catcher, and the eateries setting up shop inside surely won’t disappoint either. Moving in are a new branch of the London steak restaurant Hawksmoor , plus a brand new addition to our city’s dining scene, namely The London Project , a Dubai -based bar, restaurant, lifestyle venue, and gin distillery. Needless to say, there’s plenty to look forward to here! 5 Water Street, Wood Wharf, E14 5GX. More info soon on the Hawksmoor and The London Project websites.

15. The Barge House Brunch Boat, Haggerston (temporarily closed)

There are many reasons to visit Barge House , and their lovely canalside setup is merely one of them. Their famed ‘Breakfast En Bread’ (a huge sourdough loaf stuffed with all the best breakfast foods) draws crowds in, and they can enjoy them out on the water on a dedicated Brunch Boat sailing down the canal. Due to the pandemic, the restaurant is currently closed (they do deliver), but keep this place on your must-visit list when they reopen. 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, N1 5RY. More info on their website .

16. Waterside Café, Little Venice

This tiny boat is actually London’s ‘original floating café’, delighting passersby in Little Venice since 1995. Waterside Café offers tea, coffee, breakfast, light lunches and even afternoon teas, and is a perfect spot for a sun-drenched break during a walk along the canalside. Warwick Cres, W2 6NE. More info on their website .

Now that you’ve crossed off floating bars and restaurants, head to the sky for these 27 places with panoramic views of London .

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Best Boat Events & Experiences In London

Skip the predictability of dry land and hop aboard some of London's best water options as we bring you the boat events and experiences you won't want to miss in the city. From beer cruises with incredible landscape views to late night parties and comedy clubs overlooking the Thames, it's all aboard.

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London Boat Party

These guys have over 50 years of experience under their belt, meaning they know how to throw an epic celebration. Party all night long with friends, family, colleagues and whoever you please on a four-hour cruise with massive anthems and flowing drinks aboard London's original boat.

The Boat Show Comedy Club

The Boat Show Comedy Club has been going strong for over 20 years, bringing you the finest acts on the circuit - from TV stars to up and coming comedians. Make your way over to Tattershall Castle on the Thames for this fun evening.

Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets provides the ultimate sightseeing tour in London, where you will be whizzed round all the most iconic landmarks. There are cocktails aplenty on board, which you can sip on while the experienced guides tell you all about this wonderful city. 

Silent Sounds Boat Party

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 16th March 2024 and 11 other Saturdays

Imagine this; you're cruising down the River Thames with your best mates, taking in the stunning views of London at night while dancing to cracking tunes which you can choose yourself. Sound like a bit of you? Then head on over to the Silent Sounds Boat Party.

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Skylines Boat Parties

Skylines Boat Parties give Londoners the chance to see their city in a different light, with a series of floating soirées complete with panoramic views. Each month they're throwing a Bollywood bash on the Thames for £25 per passenger – featuring live DJs and drinks available at the bar. 

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Looking for some of the best boat parties in London? These epic events should be your first port of call. With a fleet of slick yachts at the ready, London Party Boats are bringing you cruises and bottomless brunches throughout the spring and summer.

Garage Brunch

Fancy partying on a boat? We thought as much. So, be sure to check out Garage Brunch's awesome event on The Dutch Master, where guests will not only be able to dance to top-notch tunes spun by a live DJ, but also get to enjoy stunning views and bevvies.

West End on the Thames - Private Rooftop Summer BBQ Cruise

West End on the Thames offers something extra special for your office summer boat party in London. Hosting a party between 2 and 500 people in size? Cruise through the centre of London taking in all of the major sites while a memorable party kicks off onboard, with spacious outdoor rooftop decks and live DJs.

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City Cruises

City Cruises is hosting a range of unique boat trips along the Thames, boasting mega views of London's most iconic landmarks. Whether you fancy an exhilarating speedboat ride, a romantic dinner or even a fabulous afternoon tea, they've got you covered.

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Like It Love It Events

Forget simply partying to ABBA; Like It Love It Events are giving you the option to dance to the Swedish sensations atop the Thames. There will be live performances from tribute acts, alongside DJs and other disco tunes continuing the party. Saying Gimme Gimme Gimme to these tickets? They'll set you back £30 each, or groups can nab a discount.

Floating Hot Tub Tour of London's Docklands

@ Skuna Boats on Every Wednesday

To float along the water in a hot tub while drinking prosecco? It can only be this tour of the Docklands. The experienced guides from Sakuna Boats are on hand here, so sip away and soothe your soul while taking in the sights.

  • Boat Party ⋅ Something A Little Different ⋅ Walks & Tours
  • Tickets from £39.00

The Copper Quay

When you're in need of private boat events? Check out The Copper Quay, who will take you from King's Cross through to Angel or Camden along the canal. Not only can you tailor the music, pre-order the bar, or bring your own booze if you'd prefer, but you'll have a seasoned captain at the helm - just to make sure there's minimal drink spillage.

  • King's Cross
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Thames Lates

@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates from Thursday 7th March 2024

Looking for evening boat experiences in London? Thames Lates is the unique 'after hours' speedboat adventure that zooms you past 25 amazing landmarks, with a killer playlist and hilarious commentary in the background. You'll also enjoy a lovely sunset drink.

  • Boat Party ⋅ Stag Do ⋅ Walks & Tours
  • Tickets from £54.95 - £64.95

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

One of the UK's very best day events, Hip Hop Brunch, is heading on deck for a load of killer boat parties. Taking place on The Dutch Master, this will see you skanking to garage, reggae and dancehall while enjoying gorgeous views of the Thames.

Elvis Tribute Cruise

@ Westminster Pier on Saturday 9th March 2024 and 5 other Saturdays

Get ready to rock and roll on the Elvis Tribute Cruise at Westminister Pier. Enjoy a three-hour cruise with a delicious 3-course dinner, welcome drink and live music from The King himself for just £99 per person.

  • Food & Drink ⋅ Live Music ⋅ Something A Little Different

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Combine partying, drinking and dancing as you cruise along the River Thames. Get ready to see loads of iconic sights from the London Eye to the Houses of Parliament as you make your journey. Wave bye bye to the busy city streets you’ve left behind as you step on the boat and get ready to celebrate, whether you’re out for a birthday, stag or hen do in London or just fancy treating yourselves to a quirky night out.

People often think the best boat parties are found in sunnier spots like Tenerife and Benidorm and while they’re great, don’t let Europe have all the fun. A boat party in London is just as good! You’ll set sail for around four hours, plenty of time to drink and boogie to the on board DJ who’ll spin top tunes from a range of genres.

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Party Boats in London

Each boat includes a bar where you purchase drinks but don’t worry if you’re a bit of a lightweight, you’ll also get to tuck into a light buffet. Offering a complete party package, these party boats are really popular with all types of occasion, from team building to birthday parties in London.

You won’t find formal seating on the boats as they allow maximum room for you to throw some serious shapes. Some of these activities even include entry to one of London’s best nightclubs when you disembark so you can retire your sea legs and carry on the party on land. You’ll finish the night with the best memories of your birthday or hen party boat cruise in London and some awesome, social media worthy snaps.

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For more information about exactly what’s included, prices and where to embark, read the listing for a boat party in London now and give your friends something to get excited about! One thing’s for sure, the on board selfies will be epic!

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Can we bring our own alcohol?

Unfortunately not but don’t worry, loads of our party boat cruises include drinks and there will be a bar where you can purchase additional drinks if you like.

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  • London Party Bottomless Brunch

A floating bar experience on the River Thames with bottomless Prosecco, brunch, music and all the iconic sights of London along the way.


Enjoy a 3-hour Cruise with your friends as you sail along the river Thames past some of London's most iconic landmarks. The Prosecco will be served for a 1.5 hour period between 1:30pm-3pm. There is a fully licensed bar on-board where drinks are available to purchase. Table service only. The bar staff will take orders from your table and return with your drinks. 18yrs + Groups - To ensure that you are all booked onto the same boat please try to book as one group, however if this is not possible please ensure that you include a lead name in the booking notes.

London Party Bottomless Brunch

  • 3hr Thames River Cruise
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  • Views of London’s most Iconic Landmarks


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The cruise runs to a very strict timetable and unfortunately we cannot wait for any late arrivals. It is your responsibility to arrive at the pier in plenty of time for your cruise to avoid any disappointment. Please be advised that once the boat departs, it cannot return to the pier to collect passengers, and refunds will not be offered in such circumstances. Face masks must be worn at the pier.

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  • Accessibility Unfortunately, this boat is not wheelchair accessible. We are unable to accommodate wheelchair users on this cruise.
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How much is a jazz cruise on River Thames?

Join us on City Cruises Thames Jazz Cruise for £89 per person. It includes a welcome aboard drink, three course meal, three-hour river cruise and live Jazz music.

Does City Cruises have a floating jazz club cruise?

City Cruises welcomes you to a night of Jazz on the Thames. As the London jazz scene is constantly evolving with characterful jazz venues dotted all over the city, come on board for unique floating jazz experience.

Is there a floating jazz club in London?

If you are looking for a unique jazz experience, you’ve come to the right place! City Cruises welcomes you to a night of Jazz on the Thames.

What to wear on a London Jazz cruise?

We encourage smart casual attire on the Jazz Dinner Cruise. However, please feel free to dress for your occasion whether you are celebrating or just heading out for an amazing meal on the Thames.

We would advise against flip-flops, leisurewear and ripped jeans .

Do you need to book in advance for Jazz Cruise?

The Thames Jazz Cruise sails every Friday and you will need to purchase your tickets in advance online before boarding the boat for the Elvis Tribute Dinner Cruise.

Where does a Thames Jazz Cruise in London take you?

The Thames Jazz Cruise takes place on the Thames, departing from Westminster Pier and cruises up and down the Thames with great views of London’s iconic landmarks.

Is there bar on board the Thames Jazz Cruise?

There is a fully equipped bar on our Thames Jazz Cruise that will serve beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Click here to see all Thames dinner cruise FAQs.

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20 Best London Boat Trips and Cruises

By: Author Tracy Collins

Posted on Last updated: March 12, 2023

Are you considering booking a cruise down the River Thames? Not sure what is available or which one is best for you? We have you covered in our complete guide to the best London boat trips.

One of the most popular ways to experience London is to take a boat trip along the River Thames. With so many different Thames river cruises and boat trips to choose from it can be overwhelming picking the right fit for your needs. In this article, we compare the best London boat trips and provide a detailed breakdown to help you choose the right one for you.

We have divided the city cruises by theme including 8 different cruises (dinner cruises, lunch cruises and more) which offer food, drink and entertainment. There are also a number of speedboat tours available if you want the thrill of experiencing the Thames a la James Bond.

If you are planning to travel along the Thames to some of London’s popular landmarks and sights such as Greenwich, the Tower of London and the London Eye we recommend considering the hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise which includes unlimited travel on the river for 24 hours.

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Best London boat tours and cruises

London boat trips on a clipper will take you past many sights such as St Pauls.

  • Duration – 24 hours

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

  • Leaves from – Westminster, north Greenwich Pier, London Eye, and the Tower Pier.

On this boat ride on the River Thames, you’ll get a chance to see London’s most famous attractions . The 24-hour river ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at any of London’s major piers for 24 hours, including Westminster, Greenwich, London Eye, and Tower Pier.

Click here to purchase your ticket on the River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

  • Duration – 30 minutes to 1 hour (choose one way or round trip)
  • Includes on-board commentary
  • Wheelchair accessible – Yes

Leaves from – Westminster Pier

  • Not included – Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)

See the sights of London along the banks of the River Thames on a sightseeing river cruise from Westminster Pier to Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay.

Click here to purchase your Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Boat trip along the Thames near Tower Bridge.

You have the option of purchasing a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or you can opt for a round-trip city cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities on board the boat.  

Regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour. The boats offer ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern “Sapele” and “Mercuria” vessels or the open deck of the traditional “Sarah Kathleen.” Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments available to purchase.

Click here to purchase your Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Duration – 3 hours

  • Includes tour guide
  • Leave from – Meet your guide by the London Eye Waterloo Pier.

With a 3-hour cruise down the River Thames, enjoy seeing landmarks like the Tower of London and historic Greenwich while being guided by your private guide.

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Best London Canal Waterbus Tours

Canal boats near Little Venice in London.

Duration – 45 minutes

Guided commentary

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – The cruise will depart from Little Venice and end at Camden Lock

Travel the Regent’s Canal to Little Venice and enjoy a picturesque journey through London. This leisurely waterway is lined with quirky houseboats, while boats pass by on their way to Camden Town – an area bustling with culture!

Canal boats in Little Venice London.

Duration – 45 mins

Leaves from – West Yard, Camden Lock Place, Camden Market, NW1 8AF

Take a journey through London’s Regent’s Canal and experience the city like never before on this 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back as you cruise along with your window seat facing out into beautiful natural scenery, enjoying views that are impossible to find anywhere else!


London boat cruises with food (& entertainment)

Boats on the River Thames with Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in the background.

Duration – 105 mins

Live commentary

Leaves from – Tower Pier, Lower Thames Street. London EC3N 4DT.

Discover a new way to enjoy London on this fantastic 105-minute cruise along the River Thames! You’ll be treated to 2 courses from an expert chef, including tea or coffee.

Get spectacular views of some of England’s most famous landmarks while sipping your beverage and listening out for fun facts about each site’s history during our journey down the river

Duration – 2.5 hours

Leaves from – Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU

Included – A three-course set menu (starter, main course, and dessert) Live band

Relax on board of a luxury pleasure boat and enjoy live music as you cruise down river. Including a 3 course dinner and live entertainment performed by a jazz band this is the perfect cruise to celebrate that special occasion.

Duration – 2 hours

Live music performance

Leaves from – Tower Pier

Start your evening with a Taste of Britain Cruise that will take you on a relaxing journey along the River Thames. As you take in the sights, enjoy traditional British-themed bowl food, and musical hits created by British artists.

Boats on the Thames with the Gherkin in the background.

Duration – 1.5 hours

Sightseeing commentary

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, savouries and cakes as you cruise down the Thames past some of London’s most iconic sights and landmarks.

Boats on the River Thames in London with the London Eye behind them.

Step aboard for a wonderful 3-hour dinner cruise on the River Thames and a 4-course meal. Enjoy a live cabaret performance and dance into the night as you cruise past London’s illuminated monuments as far as the Thames Barrier and back.

Leaves from – Tower Millennium Pier

Set sail after sunset and enjoy London on a river tour down the Thames. Start your evening with a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés. Enjoy a selection of jazz and chill-out pop songs from live performers.

Cruise boat on the Thames near Tower Bridge.

Duration – 2 hours 45 minutes

3 or 5-course meal

Leaves from – Embankment Pier

See the sights of London illuminated for the night on a dinner cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy a 3 or 5-course menu of delicious food, with live music and professional service, as you pass iconic views of the city.

3-course meal with tea and coffee

Leaves from – Westminster pier

If you’re looking for a sophisticated night out in London with fine food, great live music, a friendly atmosphere, and some of the most stunning sights in London, this 3-hour Thames jazz dinner cruise is the ideal solution for you!

Best London speetboat tours

Skyline of London with a speedboat on the Thames.

Duration – 50 minutes

Not suitable for pregnant women, people with back problems, people with heart problems or children under 33 lbs

Leaves from – Embankment Pier 

Get the ultimate adrenaline rush aboard a high-speed RIB boat and see the sights of London as you speed along the River Thames on a 50-minute round-trip from Embankment Pier to Tower Bridge.

Leaves from – London Eye Pier 

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. Informative banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the history of London.

Leaves from – Tower Bridge Quay

See the sights of London aboard a high-speed powerboat and ride past the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and other sights on the River Thames. Blast through Wapping and Canary Wharf to the O2 Arena at Greenwich and back.

Enjoy a fun-filled, adrenaline-packed experience as you cruise down the River Thames on the fastest boats in London. You’ll enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics.

Duration – 75 minutes

Board a speedboat from Embankment Pier and enjoy a round trip experience right up to the Thames Barrier, including guided commentary and high-speed action.

Duration – 40/45 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – Contact for more information

Prepare to experience a Horrible Histories tour of the Thames. Terrible Thames is the new hit Thames river cruise for those interested in the history of the city and the river that runs through it.

London Landmarks

I am sure this post will have helped you choose the right boat tour from the many London river cruises the city has to offer! You can find out more to help plan your trip to London in these articles:

  • London Travel Guide – links to everything you need to know to plan your trip
  • Visiting Greenwich? Best things to see and do in Greenwich & one day itinerary
  • Looking for accommodation? Read our guide to where to stay in London
  • First time visitors? Read our top tips for visiting London for the first time
  • Best bus tours? Read our guide to th e best sightseeing London bus tours
  • How to get around London? Read our guide to using public transport in London and our guide to London’s main trains stations.
  • What to see and do – Complete London bucket list with guide to all the top sights and attractions
  • How to purchase tickets for London attractions – Guide to purchasing tickets for the lost popular London attractions & Best London bus tours reviewed
  • London Eye – Top tips plus ticket options
  • Visiting on a budget? Read out budget guide to London with tips to save money when visiting
  • Free things to do in London – Discover 32 free things to see and do in London
  • Best day trips? Read our guide to the best day trips by train and ou r guide to the best tours from London
  • Love castles? Our guide to the most popular castles to visit from London
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Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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  • Cruise past London’s top attractions: Big Ben, the London Eye, and more
  • Feel the romance as you glide through London's lights by night
  • Savor a gourmet 3-course dinner in the cozy saloon and listen to live jazz
  • Start the night with a chilled glass of sparkling wine
  • Thames River cruise
  • 3-course dinner
  • Live entertainment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks, unless specified
  • Westminster Pier, London SW1A 2JH, UK
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call Reservations on 020 77 400 400 or e-mail to [email protected].
  • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
  • Please ensure you arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Tower of London
  • HMS Belfast
  • Tower Bridge
  • Houses of Parliament

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  • dulcigouge 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Not relaxing… Booked this hoping for a relaxing cruise along the River and a nice dinner. Dinner was sub par and the cruise was anything but relaxing. It was a party bus on water. There was a group of drunk people who were so loud combined with overly loud music that we weren’t even able to converse. Not enjoyable at all and we couldn’t wait to get off the boat. They charged for water and soft drinks which is crazy considering how much they charge for dinner and at the end the waiters hold a tray for tips as you walk out which is so tacky. Read more Written 28 February 2024
  • Coastal24984945712 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great way to see and learn about London sights on a blustery February day The staff and crew, Gary, Brooke and Simon were super friendly and helpful recommending places of interest along the cruise. Read more Written 27 February 2024
  • llowmanuk 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles An excellent afternoon tea experience We had an excellent afternoon tea while seeing all the sights along the Thames. The food was lovely, the staff were helpful and welcoming and the boat was great. We didn’t pay extra for a window seat but there are windows all around the boat so you can see anyway and you can go up on to the top deck when you want to get a better look at things. The tour takes you firm to Battersea and back to Tower Hill. We had the option to purchase extra drinks but there was absolutely no pressure to do so. We decided to as it was a special occasion and drinks were very reasonable, especially for London. We set off and we’re soon served drinks and afternoon tea. Then we spent sone time on the top deck as the weather was good. I liked the fact that the first part we had tea and could talk and the second half had a commentary by the crew which was very informative. I had a little trouble initially in booking the cruise but was quickly assisted and the booking was sorted. The four of us really enjoyed the 90 minute cruise. The price was good for afternoon tea in London especially with the cruise as well. I will definitely look at sone of the other trips they offer. Read more Written 27 February 2024
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  • NorthStar53208003261 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Bad management, money grab, avoid. This has been a real let down. I’ve booked this for my wife’s 30th birthday. The quality of the food was Tesco standard. The lights have been kept on causing reflections in the windows obscuring views and ruining the sight seeing aspect. There was live music, however it was very loud and tasteless, you had to almost shout to your partner in order to be heard. The only aspect of this tour which was worthwhile was the views from the upper deck, away from the noise and the bad food. This whole tour felt like a tactless money grab, I’m sure the staff was underpaid, the organisation none existent. The boat didn’t know where it wanted to go, with constant stops, changing directions, at one point parking next to another boat for no reason. And to top it off at the end of the tour the crew stood with their hands out for donations, which further gave evidence that they are underpaid. This was a complete rip off, like many other things you will find on virgin experience. I’ve been on another Thames cruise some years back and that was amazing, I was hoping that this would have been the same but it seems like this was done by a different company or things have gone way downhill. I was just really embarrassed in front of my wife, I blame myself for not doing more research. Read more Written 16 February 2024
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11 London boat restaurants to dine on in 2023

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Here in London, we love a quirky restaurant . Whether that’s a supper club on an abandoned tube carriage , eating in the pitch black or dining at the top of one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers . But one style of dining which often seems to float (geddit!?) under people’s radar is London’s floating restaurants.

There aren’t that many places to eat on a boat in London. But the few floating restaurants you do find are definitely worth adding to your London foodie bucket list.

With some of the coolest settings, spectacular views, and unbeatable menus in the capital, these are the 10 best London boat restaurants to dine on in 2023…

Static Boat Restaurants in London

Moored on London’s many canals or the bank of the River Thames, these are the best static boat restaurants in London…

Darcie & May Green

Where? Paddington.

Darcie and May Green colourful boat restaurant in London Paddington

This super Instagrammable spot in Paddington combines two of London’s coolest dining trends; floating restaurants and pretty brunch cafes.

A member of the Daisy Green Collection – the renowned Aussie cafe brand that serves up some of the tastiest avocado toast in London – Darcie & May Green are two moored barges floating on the Grand Union Canal. The colourful barges were designed exclusively by the ‘godfather’ of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake.

With both indoor seating and an upstairs terrace to choose from, the pretty floating restaurant is open from early morning to late at night.

You can pop by for a morning coffee or enjoy their signature all-day Aussie brunch menu . Then for dinner, pick from dishes including halloumi fries, roasted aubergine, chicken parmigiana and tiramisu lamington. All paired with a few drinks from their fantastic cocktail list of course.

Darcie & May isn’t currently taking bookings. Walk-ins only.

The Cheese Barge

The cheese barge on a boat in London

Quality cheese and fine wine… On a boat… In the sunshine… What more could you want!?

The Cheese Barge can be found on a large double-decker boat moored on the Regents Canal in Paddington, a short distance from Darcie & May Green.

The unique floating restaurant prides itself on its unbeatable offering of British cheeses.

The main dining room is open daily for lunch and dinner, serving a delicious seasonal cheese-focused menu.

Or for a more casual summer get-together with friends, you can head up to the boat’s rooftop terrace to enjoy a variety of cheese boards and grilled cheese sandwiches, accompanied by a great wine selection.

Love cheese? Check out more of the best cheese restaurants in London .

With two of London’s best floating restaurants sitting right next to each other in the Paddington basin, it’s almost impossible to choose between the two. My advice for the ultimate foodie day out would be to head to Darcie & May Green for brunch, then take a walk up to Little Venice and along the Regents Canal, before returning to the Cheese Barge roof terrace for mid-afternoon cheese and wine. Treat yourself!

Tattershall Castle

Where? Victoria Embankment.

The Pub on the Thames boat restaurant in London

Also known as ‘The Pub on the Thames’, The Tattershall Castle has some of the best views of any restaurant on a boat in London. Its prime location on Victoria Embankment means that you can enjoy dinner and drinks overlooking some of London’s most iconic sites, including the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

But just because it has a 5* location, this doesn’t mean you’ll be paying 5* prices. The casual floating dining spot has an affordable menu of British classics including fish and chips, burgers, pies, platters, and more.

Being a pub, Tattershall Castle also hosts weekly comedy nights, live music and DJs, and a monthly pub quiz.

The Waterside Cafe

Where? Little Venice.

Boat restaurant in Little Venice London

Dating back to 1995, The Waterside Cafe is London’s original floating cafe.

Located on a historic barge in the canal basin of Little Venice, this peaceful spot serves breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon teas, and freshly baked cakes that you can enjoy inside the air-conned boat or out on the lovely terrace on a sunny day.

The Waterside Cafe is the ideal place to grab a coffee and a light bite before heading on a walk along the Regents Canal to Camden Town (my favourite walk in London!) .

The cafe is only small and you can’t book a table in advance. But even if you can’t find somewhere to sit at the cafe, you can always grab a drink and slice of cake to go and enjoy it somewhere else along the canal – there are plenty of benches and other places to sit by the water.

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If you’re looking for a boat restaurant on the Thames for a special occasion, The Yacht is the place to go.

Set on a luxury 1920s motor yacht, the elegant restaurant serves a modern European menu, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views along the Thames and across to the Southbank.

There’s also a swanky 1920s cocktail lounge to enjoy a couple of drinks before or after your meal, and a terrace area that can be hired for private events and parties.

Whether you visit by day or by night, this sophisticated spot is guaranteed to impress.

Where? Hackney Wick.

Barge East Hackney Wick London

Barge East is a 118-year-old Dutch barge turned award-winning floating restaurant and bar on Hackney’s canals, just a short walk from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield shopping centre in Stratford.

With a charming rustic interior and an outdoor deck overlooking the East London skyline, the restaurant serves a luxury seasonal British set menu designed by head chef Stefano Campione.

The unique location combined with their fantastic food even won Barge East the title of #1 restaurant in London on TripAdvisor in both 2019 and 2020! Pretty impressive right?

If you can’t get reservations on the barge itself, be sure to check out its lovely riverside garden, with stunning canal views, heated seating areas, and its own food and drink offering.

Feng Shang Princess

Where? Primrose Hill/Regents Park.

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Feng Shang Princess is London’s only ‘floating Chinese restaurant’, sitting on the Regents Canal between Regents Park and Camden Town .

The unusual London restaurant has an authentic Chinese look both inside and out, complete with plenty of traditional red Chinese lanterns, and serves a menu of delicious Chinese cuisine, fine wine, cocktails and champagnes.

Rumour has it, Feng Shang Princess was Paul McCartney’s favourite Chinese restaurant in the city.

Cruising Boat Restaurants in London

If a dinner cruise is more your speed, check out these canal boat and riverboat dinner cruises in London…

The London Dinner Cruise

Where? River Thames.

Boat on the River Thames

Best known for their sightseeing boat trips along the River Thames in central London, City Cruises also host regular showboat dinner cruises.

On The London Dinner Cruise, you’ll enjoy a 4-course dinner and live cabaret show while taking in some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the London Eye, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral.

Certainly a little more gimmicky than some of the other boat restaurants in London, The London Dinner Cruise is still a super fun option for tourists wanting to see more of the city or for locals looking for a London dining experience with a twist.

London Shell Co. Prince Regent

Where? Regents Canal.

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Enjoy a seafood dinner cruise along the beautiful Regents Canal onboard London Shell Co.’s Prince Regent canal boat. The concept was launched just a few years ago by siblings Harry and Leah Lobek and has very quickly become one of the most popular and in-demand boat restaurants in London.

On this luxury dinner cruise, you’ll be served a set menu of the finest British seafood, with dishes changing daily to focus on the freshest locally sourced ingredients and specially selected wine pairings.

The small intimate setting also gives the restaurant a supper club atmosphere, so don’t be surprised if you end up leaving with new friends as well as new memories.

London Shell Co. has also recently opened their first permanently moored floating restaurant in London; The Grand Duchess in Paddington. Their static boat restaurant also serves a menu of fresh fish and artisan wines.

Bateaux London

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One of the most elegant and unique riverboat restaurants on the Thames, Bateaux London’s Green Room will have you floating through central London in what looks like a giant greenhouse.

This upscale dinner cruise will take you past London’s most famous landmarks on its famous glass-walled boat, meaning you won’t miss a single sight no matter where you sit. You’ll also be serenaded by relaxing live music along the way, making it one of the most romantic boat restaurants on the Thames.

The dinner menu consists of contemporary European dishes, all made fresh using seasonal produce in the state-of-the-art onboard kitchen.

Skuna BBQ Boats

Where? Canary Wharf.

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From high-end dining to DIY BBQs, there’s a London boat restaurant to suit everyone.

Skuna Boats offer what is definitely one of the most unique dining experiences in London ; a self-drive BBQ boat.

Seating up to 9 people, the unusual boats come with a built-in BBQ and utensils. All you have to do is bring the food and drinks and set sail around the waterways of Canary Wharf.

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The Best Afternoon Tea Cruise in London – A Guide To Afternoon Tea On The Thames

Tuck into tasty sandwiches, cakes and scones while seeing sights including big ben and tower bridge on the best afternoon tea cruise in london.

I’m a big fan of being a tourist in my own city. London might be my home, but there are still plenty of amazing sights and experiences on my bucket list . I’ve been around the London Eye, explored the Tower of London, watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, taken a food tour in Borough Market and even climbed over The O2!

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So, what next? Well, I’ve finally ticked off a big one – having a luxurious afternoon tea while cruising down the River Thames!

I’ve passed these river cruises countless times and always thought it looked like such an appealing experience. I’ve gazed through the panoramic windows and watched the guests with their pretty towers of afternoon tea in front of them, as they meander past the city’s most famous sights.

Afternoon tea platter

I was really excited to get on board and see what the experience was like for myself. I booked via Viator who offer really great flexible tickets with their option to ‘reserve now and pay later’. This is ideal if you’re visiting the capital for several days as you may want to pick the day with the best weather. You can also cancel up until four days before the experience and receive a full refund.

Whether you’re a tourist visiting London for the first time and looking for some fun experiences or you’re a local and fancy a treat, my guide will explain exactly what to expect on an afternoon tea cruise in London .

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What happens on a river thames afternoon tea cruise.

This experience  is the perfect combination of delicious food and sightseeing. You’ll start the trip near the Tower of London and cruise upstream to Battersea. Once there, the boat turns around and cruises back down the river down to Tower Bridge. You even get to pass under this beautiful bridge before docking back at the Tower of London.

Travelling under Tower Bridge on an afternoon tea river cruise in London

Once seated you’ll be offered hot drinks and served with a tower of afternoon tea delights! There are sweet and savoury items including sandwiches, scones and cakes. Once you’ve finished you may wish to sit on the upper deck and enjoy the views, while listening to an interesting commentary packed full of interesting facts.

How long is a River Thames afternoon tea cruise in London?

The cruise lasts an hour and a half. I boarded the cruise at 3:15pm and we departed at 3:30pm. We arrived back at Tower Pier at 5:00pm. These times may vary by day and season, so check when you book!

What is the food like on a River Thames afternoon tea cruise in London?

I was really impressed with the menu and food quality on this river cruise! It was generous and tasty, with two plates of sweet treats and one of savoury.

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On the bottom layer of the traditional afternoon tea stand was a plate with eight triangle sandwiches containing four different fillings: egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, chicken and salad and cheese and pickle. The egg mayo and smoked salmon were my favourites. They were seasoned really well.

On the next layer were lots of gorgeous little cakes and pastries! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be in heaven at this point! As with the sandwiches, there were two of each item. We had mini chocolate eclairs, pretty strawberry tarts, delicate little Victoria sponges and lemon drizzle cakes with lemon curd filling. This lemon cake was my favourite – it was so zesty with an indulgent curd lining the centre.

Tasty sweet treats on the afternoon tea platter

On the top layer were four mini scones with a large pot of clotted cream and two pots of strawberry jam. As I spread mine with cream first and then jam, I looked around the room seeing how many others had gone with this combo, and how many with the controversial opposite! As I mentioned, it was a really generous afternoon tea. I couldn’t finish it all – that’s how substantial it was!

The boat also caters for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. You just need to make sure these are pre-booked before your trip.

What drinks are available on a River Thames afternoon tea cruise in London?

As this is an afternoon tea cruise, you’ll be able to drink as many cups of tea as you like! In fact, the same goes for coffee – it’s unlimited for the duration of the cruise. There’s an option to order decaf too.

Getting ready for Afternoon Tea on the CityCruises boat

Something that’s great about this Thames River cruise is that there are lots of other drinks available via the bar. These include alcoholic beverages including Champagne, Prosecco and spirits, plus soft drinks such as orange juice, Coca-Cola and sparkling water.

I saw lots of people enjoying their afternoon tea with a cuppa, then upgrading to a glass of bubbly for the return journey!  

What sights do you see on a River Thames afternoon tea cruise in London?

This cruise is an amazing way to see a lot of the most famous sights in London over a short period of time. Here are just a few of the key places you’ll see:

  • The Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • HMS Belfast
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tate Modern
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The London Eye
  • Battersea Power Station

Passing St Paul's Cathedral on our afternoon tea river cruise in London

Is there a commentary on board this river Thames cruise?

When we set off on the cruise there was a brief safety announcement. I wondered if there would be any information about the sights. We had two Dutch tourists next to us who were visiting London for the first time and we started the trip by telling them about some of the landmarks ourselves!

Sitting on the top deck enjoying the commentary

However, once we started the return journey one of the crew members took to the microphone and delivered a great commentary. It was full of interesting facts about the buildings with plenty of comedic moments too! Even for a local like me, I learned a lot of new things, so this isn’t a tour that’s just for international tourists. He got everyone involved too, waving at people on the bridges above us and shouting out a few things too!

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Are London afternoon tea cruises good value for money?

At the moment this London cruise costs £43 per adult and £33 per child, which I think is excellent value. You get a really substantial meal (I couldn’t finish it!) as well as the lovely experience of cruising along the river learning about the sights.

Useful information for a London afternoon tea cruise

Keep an eye on the weather forecast. I think the best experience is when you can go outside for some of the journey, so I’d recommend a dry day. With Viator you can reserve now and pay later, so you should be able to guarantee you’ll go on a good day!

Be sure to check where your cruise departs from. There are several piers along the river, each with different companies operating. The cruise I was on departed from Tower Pier, directly in front of the Tower of London.

Lovely views on the Thames cruise

Allow plenty of time to get there. The boats have strict schedules so they won’t be able to wait for you!

There’s no dress code for the cruise so you can dress smart like you’re going for tea with the Queen, or relax in more casual attire!

All tables are allocated in advance and window seats are usually only available to those who have pre-booked them (at an extra cost). Wherever you are seated you’ll have a good view out of the panoramic windows. Once you’re on the return journey you can choose any seat you like on the top deck.

The tables are very close together, so if you’re visiting as a two, you might be seated right next to two other people.  

You can bring kids on this Thames cruise! Infants are from age 0-2 and travel for free. Children are 3-12 years of age and will require a child’s ticket (£33).

Ready to book? Click the link below to check dates, times and prices and to book your tickets.

Thanks for reading my guide to taking an afternoon tea cruise in London. I hope you enjoy your trip along the River Thames as much as I did! If you’re looking for other fun London tours this summer, you can check out lots of great options on Viator .

Plus, if you love quirky activities, definitely read my guide to the 49 unusual things to do in London !

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London river dinner cruise overview.

Take your London exploration beyond the cliché, and come aboard the famous London River Dinner Cruise. The Thames, which runs through the heart of the UK capital, is the centre of many luxurious river cruises that promise stunning views of London and its iconic attractions. From London Eye to Big Ben, View from the Shard to St. Paul Cathedral , witness all the landmarks on your itinerary as you sail through the winding river on a relaxing cruise boat. One of the top Thames river cruises are the dinner cruises that offer unmatched views of the city at night-time with sumptuous dinner courses for you and your loved ones.

Celebrate special occasions or spend valuable time with your loved ones or even conduct corporate events on the Gold and Platinum Thames Dinner Cruises, where you get fine dining and drinks as you explore London’s charm. Indulge in live singing and dancing on the London Dinner Cruise with Live Performance, or enjoy foot-tapping melodies as a jazz quintet performs on the London Friday Night Jazz Cruise. And if London’s mysterious lanes bring out the detective in you, then you are in for a memorable experience as you hop on board the Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise.

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Sail across the heart of London, witnessing the beautiful sunset & prominent destinations on this 3-hour Dinner Cruise

Head to the open-roof decks to witness spectacular night views over the London skyline

Settle in the lounge area for an exciting cruise tour as you're welcomed with the finest wine

Devour a delicious 4-course meal (British Dishes) as you spend quality time with your family and friends

Complement your evening with live entertainment by Cabaret singers and dancers

Capture the moment as you see attractions like The Shard, London Eye, HMS Belfast, & St. Paul's Cathedral

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  • Infants must sit on laps.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Boarding begins 20 minutes before departure time.
  • When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place.
  • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.
  • Infants in the age group of 0-4 years can avail of this experience for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children above the age of 5 years will be considered adults and have to pay as per the adult cost.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.

Highlights of London River Dinner Cruise

Highlights of London River Dinner Cruise

  • Sail across the heart of London and witness the breathtaking views of the city’s major attractions as the sun sets on the London River Dinner Cruise.
  • The three-hour cruise welcomes you with the finest wine and offers fascinating night-time views of the London skyline from the open-roof decks.
  • Unwind in the lounge area of the cruise as you witness live entertainment by talented cabaret singers and graceful dancers.
  • Relish mouth-watering three-course and five-course meals with your loved ones in the stunning backdrop of a London evening as you sail across the Shard, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, HMS Belfast, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and several other prominent London tourist hotspots.

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Exploring London on foot is common, try something special by hopping on a Thames River cruise for witnessing all of London’s major landmarks. These London River Dinner Cruises promise heavenly meals for you to relish with your loved ones or even business partners as you indulge in mesmerising evening views of the UK capital.

Thames Dinner Cruise (Gold)

One of the best experiences you can enjoy in London, the Gold Thames Dinner Cruise takes you on an evening tour of London. Indulge in stunning views of London’s prominent landmarks with your loved ones or corporate clients as you relish a freshly-prepared delicious three-course meal. The Gold London Dinner Cruise includes a three-hour river cruise, an aperitif, a three-course set meal prepared by a talented head chef from locally sourced seasonal produce, a half bottle of fine wine per guest, and soothing live music. The boarding point of this exciting experience is at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London.

Thames Dinner Cruises (Platinum)

If you wish to explore the iconic landmarks of London in their evening glory, then the Platinum Thames Dinner Cruise is the ideal option for you. An elegantly luxurious experience, this London Dinner Cruise offers unforgettable views of the city and its highlights as you unwind and enjoy sumptuous meals with your loved ones or business partners. The Platinum Thames Dinner Cruise includes a memorable three-hour river cruise, an aperitif upon arrival, a delicious seasonal a la carte five-course meal with delicacies from international cuisines, free-flowing selected fine wines, and gentle live music. The boarding point of the cruise is at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London.

London Dinner Cruise with Live Performance

Enjoy an unforgettable evening as you indulge in the stunning night-time views of London and its landmarks on the London Dinner Cruise with Live Performance. Unwind with your loved ones in settings reminiscent of a posh restaurant as you relish an amazing four-course meal and enjoy a musical live performance of top hits and show songs. The non-window package includes a three-hour Thames River cruise, sparkling wine on arrival, a four-course set meal, and a live singing and dance performance. The window package, on the other hand, includes all of the above and offers a window table that seats two people. The boarding point for this experience is Westminster Pier.

London Friday Night Jazz Cruise

If jazz music is your jam, dress up in your finest smart casual wear as you head for an unforgettable night out on the London Friday Night Jazz Cruise. Sail through London as you savour unmatched evening views of the city and its attractions, all while enjoying live jazz music and a delicious and elegant three-course meal. This cruise experience includes a three-hour Thames River cruise, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a three-course set meal, and live jazz performance. You can also book a window seat for two to enjoy this enthralling experience. The boarding point of this London Dinner Cruise is Westminster Pier.

Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

If London’s reputation as the hub of detectives is what draws you to the city, then you need to book the Murder Mysteries Dinner Cruise. Sail across London on a cruise that promises bewitching night-time views of the city and its attractions and a delicious three-course meal. But that’s not all, as you also need to find out a murderer who hides among the passengers of the cruise. This London River Dinner Cruise includes a three-hour Thames River cruise, a welcome drink on arrival, a sumptuous three-course meal, and fun and interactive Murder Mystery entertainment. You can also get a window table for two to enjoy this memorable experience. The boarding point of the Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise is Tower Pier.

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What are the top attractions to spot while on the London River Dinner Cruise?

  • London Eye : Witness London’s most iconic attraction, the London Eye, which is the world’s tallest cantilever wheel. Visitors get a bird’s eye view of the entire city as they board this wheel.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral : One of the most stunning architectural marvels of the city, the St. Paul’s Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of London.
  • The Shard : London’s modernity is reflected in its ever-changing skyline, a prominent attraction of which is the ultra-modern architectural marvel, the skyscraper Shard.
  • Tower Bridge : Tower Bridge is one of the most renowned landmarks of London, and has for a century stood as the defining attraction of the city and even the UK.

What is the best time to take the London Dinner River Cruise?

The best time to take the London River Dinner Cruise is in the evenings. As the city and its attractions light up at night, the views on offer are unmatched. Witness the enthralling evening views of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, the Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames, and so on.

How long does the London River Cruise last?

The London River Dinner Cruises last for three hours. The timings for the different cruises vary, but they sail for three hours in the evenings from different piers on the Thames River.

What is the minimum age to buy tickets for the London River Dinner Cruise?

London River Dinner Cruises are open to visitors of all ages. Children less than four years of age do not require tickets when they are accompanied by a paying adult. Children above the age of four years need tickets and are supposed to pay the same as adults.

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Are pets allowed to take the London River Dinner Cruise?

Pet dogs are allowed on the London River Dinner Cruises as long as they are kept on a leash and sit with the owners. Pets are not allowed to sit on separate seats on board the cruise.

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See the city from the Thames or one of London’s canals with these great London boat trips

London boat tours are a truly fabulous way to see the city’s top spots. The River Thames is a destination in itself, of course, and most London boat tours will take in famous landmarks such as the Tate Modern , St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, The O2 and Canary Wharf . You’ll be spoiled for choice with footage for your Instagram story.

If you fancy something a little bit different, there are some charming London boat tours along Regent’s Canal, many leading to the incredibly picturesque  Little Venice . Whether you’re a seasoned sea dog or a naval novice, there are definitely one or two London boat tours for you.

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City Cruises operate on a hop-on, hop-off basis and run from Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich Piers with commentary along the way. The River Red Rover ticket allows unlimited one-day cruising; there's also the Rail and River Rover ticket allowing unlimited one-day travel by river and on the DLR. Single or return tickets are available for shorter journeys, too. The London Showboat is an evening dinner and dance cruise running from Westminster Pier. Afternoon tea and lunch cruises are another popular option during peak periods. 

Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets

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This slick RIB (ridged inflatable boat) operation offers a thrilling, high-speed ride on the Thames. You can book by phone or online, or just turn up and pay on the day at the London Eye Ticket Office. Arrive 20 minutes before the off to be kitted out with a waterproof jacket, a life jacket and goggle-style visors (fun in itself). The trip starts calmly enough and the guide will keep kids and adults entertained with fun facts and celebrity stories. But once the boat passes Wapping, it’s pedal to the floor all the way to Canary Wharf. 

Tate to Tate Boat

Tate to Tate Boat

Running every 20 to 30 minutes, the boat service connecting London’s two Tate galleries, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, takes you through the heart of London, with plenty to see on both banks (head to the outdoor deck at the back of the boat for the best views). The catamaran service boasts specially commissioned exterior and interior designs by artist Damien Hirst, but there’s no commentary, so take a map.

Thames Clippers

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River bus services running daily between Royal Arsenal Woolwich in the east and Battersea Power Station in the west. A daily commuter service operates every 20 minutes calling at all major central London piers. On event nights at The O2, the River Bus Express operates a fast direct shuttle service from London Eye (Waterloo) and London Bridge with optional champagne upgrades. There’s no tour guide on board, but you can download a free app for an audio commentary. 

Thames RIB Experience

Thames RIB Experience

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Hurtling about the Thames at 30 knots (roughly 35mph) is the closest thing we’ve got to a white-knuckle ride in central London. It takes just under 40 minutes to travel from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Then the turbo engines kick in and you’re off, bumping about on the open water between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, turning in terrifyingly tight figures of eight. It’s the quickest, most thrilling way to travel the Thames.

Vintage Red Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

Vintage Red Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

Two tours in one. The first, departing from Victoria Coach Station on a restored double-decker bus, will take in views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. The second is a cruise on the River Thames passing Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before arriving at Embankment pier, where you hop back on the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. The tour will finish back at Victoria Coach Station.

Turks Launches

Turks Launches

Turks Launches have been operating boat tours along south-west London’s pretty stretch of Thames for 300 years. Running from Richmond Pier to Hampton Court, their routes pack in more historic sites than you might realise, including the seventeenth-century pile Ham House, Eel Pie Island (where Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones used to party), and Teddington Lock’s Dunkirk Memorial. Turks tours run daily from March until September; look out for special disco and jazz cruises during peak months.

London Waterbus Company

London Waterbus Company

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Navigate Regent’s Canal in a narrowboat with the London Waterbus Company. Trips run along the Regent’s Canal linking Little Venice, Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Camden Lock. Warwick Avenue is the closest tube if you’re catching the boat from Little Venice. There’s no advance-booking option – these tours are first come, first served – so if you arrive at peak time, just before lunch, you might have to queue. 

Canal Museum Tunnel Boat Trip

Canal Museum Tunnel Boat Trip

  • King’s Cross

These trips are best suited to the brave. Regent’s Canal’s tunnel – built in 1820 – is long, dark, dank and three quarters of a mile long. Once upon a time, boats normally pulled by horses on the towpath had to be inched through the tunnel by a process of ‘legging’ – with the men on board having to brace their legs against the tunnel walls to power the boat along. The tunnel tours take place during the summer, and tickets also includes admission to the London Canal Museum proper. There are only 12 places on each boat tour, so booking is definitely recommended.

Jason’s Trip

Jason’s Trip

  • Little Venice

Jason’s Trip navigates the picturesque route along Regent’s Canal from Little Venice, through Regent’s Park, on to Camden Lock and back again. The boat is more than 100 years old and the trip, which includes a live historical commentary and lasts for 45min each way, has been a feature on the canal since 1951. Tours run from the first week of April right through to the first week of November. 

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Hop aboard for an hour and a half's cruise from Camden Lock, past London Zoo in Regent's Park, through the tunnel to Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice and back to Walker’s Quay. A commentary is included on the cruise, and picnic lunches are available from the company’s waterside restaurant. If you prefer the idea of more formal onboard dining, try the My Fair Lady cruising restaurant boat, operated by the same company.

Bow Boat Company

Bow Boat Company offers a more bespoke kind of canal tour. Its cute narrowboat seats up to 12 people and can be hired (complete with skipper and tour guide) for special-occasion tours of east London’s waterways. You can decide exactly how long you want to tour for, and precisely where you’d like to stop. The comprehensive ‘east London loop’ takes in everything from the Olympic Park to Victoria Park and stretches out over a leisurely five hours; a shorter tour from Hackney’s buzzy Broadway Market to bustling King’s Cross takes just two hours. 

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David miguel.

Todo perfecto, el crucero muy bien. Lo aprovechamos para ir a Greenwich, que nos habían recomendado y francamente bien. Llegamos sobre las 10:00 de la mañana a Westminster Pier y en cinco minutos teníamos canjeados nuestro bono por los billetes definitivos.

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It was an amazing cruise. The commentary on-board was enjoyable. you can explore a lot, as you can get down at various piers. Remember to exchange your voucher with tickets at the counter. it is very convenient and cheap to book because at the location the price of the tickets were higher.

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Cruise was very nice , food was warm ,

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Lunch or dinner sorted : Wondering what to do for some lunch or dinner as you explore London? Then look no further than a lunch or evening boat cruise. Let the London sights glide by as you dine. There’s no better way to see London and eat in style.

Bus, boats, trains, trams and bikes : London is one of the most accessible cities in the world, with a transport system that is as historical as it is convenient. Head on the tube, hop on the bus or boat and even hire a city bicycle. You even have the option of trams in certain parts south of the river. No part is left out in this city.

Explore without worry : You’ll find that London is considered a safe city to explore. Certain parts of the capital are best avoided. However, with most of the major attractions centrally located and often busy with tourists, you’ll find that these areas are very safe.

What are the best places to visit : London is a city packed full of tourist treats. Take your pick from the bustling West End for the shows to the shopping streets of Oxford and Bond Street, and the museum district of South Kensington. You have Westminster as the seat of power, and the River Thames that will reveal plenty of London’s secrets.

• Tidal or not tidal, that is the question. Actually, the River Thames is both. After Teddington Lock, it becomes tidal as it heads into the estray and then the North Sea.

• It may not look it from the murky waters you’ll see on your boat tour, but don’t be fooled. This river is teaming with life. There are over 119 species of fish, as well as otters, voles and eels!

• Fancy a walk? You can walk a large portion of the River Thames along the 184-mile Thames Path. It’ll take you about 12-14 days to complete it. It starts in the beautiful Cotswolds and finishes at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

• The Oxford v Cambridge boat race has been competing on the River Thames for just the past 200 years! First held in 1829.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: dinner and a cruise.

You will find there are several London lunch and dinner cruise options available. Check the individual tour details for the menu and the options available.

Q: Do London Boat Cruises offer free Wi-Fi onboard?

We realise you want to capture those destination hotspots on your tour. Many operators do offer free Wi-Fi on board, but you will need to check with the individual operator.

Q: Do London Boat Cruises run throughout the year?

Yes, but be aware that there is a high season (April to September) and Low Season (October to March). Check the tour details for timings.

Q: Can you give me some alternative tours to your cruise and boat tours?

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Q: What is the duration of the London Boat Tour?

Each tour is different, but in general, they will have a duration of between 1hr and 2hrs. Make sure to check the specific tour for timings.

Q: What time do London Boat Tours operate?

Boat tours will run at different times of the day, especially if you are booked on a lunch or dinner cruise. Make sure to check the tour details for a full listing of times.

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Best London Thames River Cruises – Which One is the Best?

best London Thames River cruises

Embark on a journey along the beautifully scenic and meandering river Thames, with one of the best London Thames River cruises !

A trip to London isn’t fully complete without learning more about the historic Thames, a crucial route for trade and transportation dotted with iconic landmarks and numerous bridges!

From afternoon tea river cruises and dinner boat rides with cabaret entertainment to high speed boat trips, an experience along the majestic Thames River ranks highly amongst the top and most memorable things to do in London !

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List of Thames River sightseeing cruises

1 – westminster to greenwich cruise by thames river sightseeing.

Westminster to Greenwich cruise by Thames River Sightseeing

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 10752 reviews )

“Very entertaining and pleasant ride and the explanations (in English) were very entertaining and interesting. There is also an app to get information about the sights in other languages.” Brigitte, Getyourguide

Explore the delights along the river Thames with the  Thames River Sightseeing which includes cruising past some of London’s top cultural highlights such as the Tate Modern art gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the impressive 310-meter Shard skyscraper!

Sit up on the outer deck and take in the refreshing breeze coming straight off the river. The journey will take you to the fascinating area of  Greenwich , celebrated for its Royal Observatory , large green park and a historic bustling market dating back to the 1700s.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Cutty Sark, a clipper ship from the 19th century that was formerly used for transporting tea!

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The boat deck offered some great panoramic views for soaking up the sights of London! The live guide kept us entertained, providing plenty of historic facts and background knowledge along the route. Thanks to the skip-the-line ticket everything was super smooth and we didn’t have to queue for boarding!

2 – Westminster to Tower of London cruise by Thames River Sightseeing

Westminster to Tower of London cruise by Thames River Sightseeing

Rating: ⭐️ 4.3/5 ( 113 reviews )

“The narrator was so informative and the view from the boat was beautiful!!!” Patricia, Tiqets

For those looking for a slightly shorter river cruise, but still jam-packed with a high density of major sights, hop on board the Thames River Sightseeing tour to the legendary  Tower of London ! The Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight featuring a white tower built by William the Conqueror dating to the 11th century! The tower is also world famous for being home to the Crown Jewels!

During this fascinating river journey, guests can hop on or off at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, or St Katharine’s Dock. Cruise past the London Eye , the London Dungeon , the National Theatre and the HMS Belfast and learn more about the rich history of the capital!

The live guide was engaging and we enjoyed learning more facts about iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Awesome views and photographs of Tower Bridge. All the crew staff were super friendly and made the experience a relaxing part of our day out in London.

3 – River sightseeing cruise by The London Eye

River sightseeing cruise by The London Eye

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 802 reviews )

“The boat ride was good fun, very full but still the lovely staff made it a great experience. Must be done at least once.” Sarah, Viator

After embarking on a trip in the extraordinary London Eye, get a river’s eye view of the big wheel during The London Eye river cruise which will take you down the Thames to the Tower of London.

Highlights include watching the lively atmosphere along the Southbank with views of the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the iconic Oxo Tower.

Snap some photos of the grandiose dome of St Paul’s Cathedral with its famously unique double-shell design before arriving at the Tower of London, home to ravens, beefeater guards and royal treasures!

Highly recommended for all ages. The guided commentary consisted of a good balance between historical background facts, compelling storytelling and humor. It was beautiful passing under the London bridges and gazing up at the London Eye from the water. Great views of the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral.

4 – Hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise by City Experiences

Hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.8/5 ( 15 reviews )

“It very good experience. The commentator was very good man and very updated with latest news too. He was very funny man making Very good jokes.” Rousa, Tiqets

With boats departing every 30 minutes, this 24 hour ticket hop-on hop-off cruise is ideal for those looking for a flexible schedule!

If you want to avoid messing around on the tube, this City Experiences river cruise is an ideal way to transport yourself to some of the best major landmarks whilst soaking up the incredible views of the river.

Hop on the boat as many times as you please in 24 hours so you can really get to know the animated atmosphere along the banks of central London! Enjoy a live guide on board who can fill you in with lots of interesting facts along the way.

It was great to have the option of a hop-on hop-off boat as we could get off at the London Eye and explore the beautiful Jubilee Gardens and the Sea Life London Aquarium. I loved watching how the light along the river really changes throughout the day.

5 – River cruises from Westminster Pier by Thames River Boats

Westminster Pier by Thames River Boats

The  Thames River Tours cruise from Westminster to Kew is undoubtedly one of the best London Thames River cruises for those wanting to see a large stretch of the river! From the Houses of Parliament , meander past Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury that dates back to the 13th century!

Pass by the towering Art Deco chimneys of Battersea power station and the green park areas of Wandsworth and Bishops Park as you meander along the Thames.

Sit back and relax as you pass under impressive bridges such as Chelsea or Albert Bridge and admire the mix of charming riverside houses, boat clubs and small river islands.

It was lovely to get a contrast from the hustle and bustle of busy Westminster and travel down the river to pass by some more tranquil areas such as the edge of the London Wetland Center. We loved seeing the iconic glass greenhouses such as the Victorian Palm House at Kew!

6 – River cruises from Kew Pier by Thames River Boats

Kew Pier by Thames River Boats

With a collection of over 50,000 living plants, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew are a great starting point for a  Thames River Tours cruise.

Before embarking on your riverboat look around and discover the Temperate House (the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world), the Treetop walkway or the historical Queen Charlotte’s Cottage!

From the Kew Pier, travel along the river to see the major sights of Westminster such as the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Or instead opt for a trip towards Hampton Court in Richmond, a superb example of 16th-century Tudor architecture with the oldest surviving hedge maze in the world!

We selected the cruise from Kew to Hampton Court. It was great to stop off and explore the Henry VIII apartments and Tudor style Great Hall at the Palace. Passing through Richmond was very pleasant with lots of riverside pubs and restaurants and elegant Georgian and Victorian buildings.

7 – Hop-on hop-off Uber boat cruise by Thames Clippers

Hop-on hop-off Uber boat cruise by Thames Clippers

Rating: ⭐️ 4.3/5 ( 1081 reviews )

“I am new to the city but honestly, I got to see all the key monuments while beating the excessive crowds by boarding the Thames Clippers.” Brantley, Headout

Roam around plenty of London river sights thanks to the efficient Thames Clippers boats! The boats run across a wide circuit divided into three zones (the West Zone, the Central Zone and the East Zone). Choose your itinerary stops and explore areas such as Vauxhall where you can check out the Battersea Power Station, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens or glimpse the MI6 headquarters!

Alternatively, why not get off at London Bridge city, where you can gaze up at the famous Shard (the tallest building in the United Kingdom), delve into the gourmet treats of Borough Market or discover contemporary artists at Tate Modern?

Good news is that the boats run from early morning until late at night!

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The coffee from the onboard bar was very tasty. The boats are frequent and the speed powerful. A scenic and fast way of traveling around the city especially with the River Roamer Hop On Hop Off Pass. Amazing views and helpful staff on board.

8 – Thames River sightseeing cruise by Viscount Cruises

Thames River sightseeing cruise by Viscount Cruises

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 (62 reviews)

“a great way to see some of the iconic buildings and bridges of London – highly recommend” Everly, Tripadvisor

On a river trip with Viscount Cruises travelers can pass by more than 44 London landmarks starting off at Westminster and continuing along to Greenwich.

During cold weather, there is interior seating available in the heated saloons with panoramic windows for optimal river views. Pass by Embankment Pier and look out for Westminster Bridge, the South Bank cultural center and Shakespeare’s Globe. Capture some extraordinary photos as you go under Tower Bridge with its intricate Gothic and Victorian-style design!

Finish off your cruise in Greenwich, an area dotted with historical buildings such as the Old Royal Navy College and the Royal Observatory founded in 1675!

We could download an interesting audio guide on our phones to listen to during the cruise to help us learn more about the key landmarks on route. The option of a 2 day river pass was useful since we were visiting London for multiple days allowing unlimited access to the boats!

9 – Thames River sightseeing cruise by Terrible Thames

Thames River sightseeing cruise by Terrible Thames

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 (23 reviews)

“Fabulous experience…so much fun and energy from the guys…. loads to laugh at and learn about London, tremendous for kids and bigger kids (aka adults) thank you!!” Lain, Tripadvisor

The  Terrible Thames boat rides are the best London Thames River cruises for those in search of some engrossing storytelling regarding the darker and more gruesome historic tales of the Thames! Learn more about important historical figures who have left their mark on London’s history from Henry VIII and Queen Boudicca, to the notorious Jack the Ripper!

Expect plenty of entertainment and wit along with lots of unusual facts and gory anecdotes that you wouldn’t experience on a typical London tourist sightseeing trip!

This river cruise certainly makes a memorable day out for all the family!

The actors were brilliant and really brought the stories and facts to life! A fantastic way to get the kids engaged in sightseeing and curious about the past of London. The dialogue is fast paced and also includes a bit of audience participation which was hilarious! Classic family fun!

List of Thames River brunch and lunch cruises

1 – thames river lunch cruise by city experiences.

Thames River lunch cruise by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 1019 reviews )

“Great value for money, food was very good, staff were friendly and the commentary was great. Very relaxing and enjoyable experience.” Stephen, Headout

Soak up the breathtaking views of London from the river as you tuck into a delicious two course lunch! The City Experiences lunchtime cruise is the perfect romantic experience for couples or a memorable way to celebrate with friends and family during your trip to London.

All diners have access to the views as you meander along the river but book in advance to reserve a window seat.

When you have finished dining, head up onto the panoramic deck for 360-degree views of the river and take some excellent snapshots of top sights like the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Tower of London! Get a a close up shot of Big Ben and some interesting angles as you go under London Bridge.

A relaxing dining experience with an informative commentary detailing the sights as we passed along the riverbanks. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The crew was professional and attentive, assuring an enjoyable day out!

2 – London lunch cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

London lunch cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the sights of the Thames during the daylight with the lunchtime  Thames Dinner Cruise experience.

Guests will be served a scrumptious 2-course meal while watching the activity on the riverbanks and the historic mix of river architecture pass by!

The cruise can cater to several special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Halal alternatives which must be pre-booked in advance!

Starting at the Tower of London, head along until London Bridge and pass the famous Millennium Bridge, taking in the sights of the Southbank and Westminster!

A unique dining experience that is a lot more special than any static restaurant. The roasted supreme of chicken was very moist with delicious dauphinois potatoes and vegetables. We also enjoyed the lemon meringue tart. The commentary was interesting and we learned some new facts!

3 – London bottomless brunch cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

London bottomless brunch cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

This fun-loving brunch cruise organized by  Thames Dinner Cruise promises an unforgettable experience with plenty of glasses of Prosecco and tasty snacks!

Relax as your glass is refilled and tucked into your individual brunch box (both vegetarian and vegan options are available upon pre-booking)! During the cruise guests can boogie along to the DJ party playlist, watching out for major landmarks along the Thames such as Big Ben, the London Eye and London Bridge!

This lively brunch cruise is perfect for birthday celebrations or sophisticated bachelor/ette groups for both Londoners or visitors alike!

What a treat to sail down the Thames with a glass of fizz! The atmosphere was super enjoyable with friendly vibes and great tunes playing! We spotted lots of London sights that we recognized up on the top deck. We particularly liked the salmon and cream cheese bagel and Italian pasta salad.

4 – Halal Lunch Cruise by Halal Tourism Britain

Halal Lunch Cruise by Halal Tourism Britain

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a 2 course lunch menu on the Halal Tourism Britain river cruise for some tasty food accompanied by great central London panoramas!

Enjoy waiter’s service to your table as you gaze out of the large panoramic boat windows!

After you have your finished tea or coffee, guests can stroll around on the open air deck and spot some classic British landmarks such as the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the 21 meter tall Cleopatra’s Needle obelisk, The Golden Hinde (a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon ship) or the gigantic Shard!

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An excellent way to spend midday in London! We savored the delicious leek and mushroom creamy chicken dish and it was fun to cruise past Southbank and the City of London. We got some excellent photo opportunities of the Houses of Parliament and the tour duration was the perfect length for dining and appreciating the views.

List of Thames River afternoon tea cruises

1 – afternoon tea cruise by city experiences.

Afternoon tea cruise by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.4/5 ( 1722 reviews )

“Great activity for people who want to explore London by boat. Got amazing glimpses of the city from the Thames whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and petit four” Dana, Getyourguide

The  City Experiences Afternoon tea river trip is one of the best London Thames River cruises for those who love a good selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, scones laden with sweet fruit jam and clotted cream and a refreshing cup of classic British tea!

Listen along to the onboard commentary whilst sipping on your tea and learn more facts about the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard and much more!

Put your feet up after a long morning of sightseeing and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the calm waters of the Thames and the interesting array of different architecture along the banks!

A delicious selection of egg and cucumber sandwiches and plenty of sweet treats. The panoramas were amazing and we appreciated the unlimited refills of tea and coffee during the trip. Couldn’t feel more British than savoring a scone whilst cruising past Big Ben!

2 – Afternoon tea cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Afternoon tea cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 1303 reviews )

“First off, this cruise is very enjoyable, but add in finger foods and unlimited tea and we have ourselves a mighty winner.” Omar, Headout

Packed with tea time treats that will delight those with both a savory and a sweet tooth, the Thames Dinner Cruise afternoon tea experience is a wonderful way to enjoy the Thames highlights.

From Tower Pier, journey along through the Millennium Bridge and Blackfriars arriving at the heart of Westminster. Highlights include spotting the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul’s and the HMS Belfast!

Feast on mini sandwiches, pastries and scones whilst listening along to the educational and entertaining commentary provided on board.

There are also options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Halal requirements!

The tables were well presented with generously laid out portions. Booking was very quick and hassle free. During the cruise, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The commentary helped give us a broad overview of the different London neighborhoods as we passed by!

3 – Afternoon tea cruise by River Thames Cruises

Afternoon tea cruise by River Thames Cruises

Spend a relaxing afternoon in the spacious and comfortable boat of River Thames Cruises and treat yourself to a traditionally British afternoon tea served onboard. Expect all the classic afternoon tea trimmings such as finger sandwiches, sultana scones and lots of pastries!

When you have had your fill of cups of tea, head up on deck to experience the fresh breeze running straight off the river and observe the bustling riverbanks of central London.

Make sure to keep an eye out for impressive London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Golden Hinde, Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral, St Paul’s, Big Ben and more!

A very satisfying afternoon tea occasion. For those who already have a feel for central London, it was nice having a river cruise without an overhead commentary so we could have a good chat over the scones and soak up the breathtaking cityscape views.

4 – Afternoon tea cruise by Halal Tourism Britain

Afternoon tea cruise by Halal Tourism Britain

Gather a group of friends or family and join  Halal Tourism Britain  for an afternoon tea experience along the river. Snack on traditional scones with clotted cream, cakes and expertly prepared Halal sandwiches during your ride.

As the boat cruises from Tower Pier up to the Houses of Parliament, keep a look out for the London Eye, The Globe Theatre, St Paul’s, Big Ben, Cleopatra’s Needle and the Tate Modern Gallery.

Guests can enjoy unlimited cups of tea and coffee to wash down the tasty afternoon tea treats. Sit back and enjoy the iconic sights of London flying past before your very eyes!

The boat crew was very helpful and made us feel right at home from the start of the cruise. Lovely warm scones and a good selection of freshly prepared sandwiches. Even though we weren’t at a direct window seat, the views were great and we enjoyed sitting up on deck after our tea.

List of Thames River evening cruises

1 – thames river evening cruise by city experiences.

Thames River evening cruise by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.0/5 ( 388 reviews )

“Really was impressed with this little cruise. A nice way to end our trip to London. Nice drinks, nibbles and atmosphere. The music by Patrick Phelps was brilliant. Would highly recommend.” Mandy, Viator

Fancy seeing the twinkling lights along the riverbanks of the Thames and illuminated major landmarks? Embark upon the Evening river cruise with  City Experiences for a unique journey combining live jazz music and the magical London sunset!

Sip on sparkling wine to celebrate the occasion and dig into some delicious canapé snacks. Get some fresh air out on the upper floor deck as the boat passes by Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Watch the lights dance off Tower Bridge and watch that dreamy sunset glow encapsulate the city!

The bubbly upon arrival was fantastic and then there was an open bar to purchase further drinks. We loved the live singer on board who created a really warm and special atmosphere. A highlight of any trip to London!

List of Thames River dinner cruises

1 – dinner dance cruise by city experiences.

Dinner dance cruise by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.3/5 ( 1187 reviews )

“It was a wonderful way to spend an evening in London. The service was excellent. The music was great along with the female singer. The dancing was so much fun.” Linda, Getyourguide

Spice up your evening in London with an abundant 4 course meal and a live cabaret performance with popular musical songs from the West End.

This City Experiences evening dinner cruise is one of the best London Thames River cruises for those looking to get into the swing and have a bit of a boogie on deck. Kick the evening off with a welcome glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and watch the sun go down over the capital.

During the trip, guests can take some excellent photos of London’s illuminated modern landmarks such as the massive O2 arena, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the City Hall, as well as post card classics such as the Houses of Parliament and St Pauls!

The music and singer were fantastic! The food was delicious and it was lovely to sit and watch the lights of the city go by whilst sipping on our after dinner tea and coffee. The tables were well presented and the ambiance felt cosy and intimate. A lovely way to spend a special evening!

2 – Dinner cruise with live jazz by City Experiences

Dinner cruise with live jazz by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.2/5 ( 153 reviews )

“It was a fantastic experience! The food was good, the service was good, the sprits were good, the jazz band was good, the weather was good, the selection was fantastic and one you will never forget!” Tiziana, Getyourguide

Combine the stunning sights of London’s riverbanks with an appetizing 3 course meal whilst relaxing to the chilled-out melodies of the ChiJazz quintet with a repertoire ranging from classic jazz to more contemporary pop songs.

The cruise takes place on the newest addition of the City Experiences  fleet, the Millennium Diamond. This boat is a state-of-the-art vessel with a huge open deck and a modern dining salon.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz upon arrival and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the illuminated glow of London at night!

A great cruise for jazz and food enthusiasts! The open deck area was very spacious and provided an excellent vantage point for observing the city. The staff were friendly and we managed to take some excellent photos before the dinner.

3 – London dinner cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

London dinner cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Rating: ⭐️ 4.3/5 (391 reviews)

“This dinner boat cruise was amazing! My husband and I have a lovely time aboard this beautifully decorated boat. The food was very tasty and the staff were incredible. The sites to see were breathtaking.” Melinda, Google

For those looking for a fun filled evening combining live entertainment and the sightseeing panoramas of London by night, the Thames Dinner Cruise offers a four course set meal with a live professional performer and after-dinner dancing opportunities!

Enjoy popular songs from West End musicals and feel good party tunes as you sail along the Thames! Thames Dinner Cruises caters to vegetarians, vegans, gluten or dairy-free or Halal alternatives.

The boat has floor-to-ceiling windows around the dining area ensuring you can glimpse the sights passing by as you savor your dinner!

This dinner cruise is a very special way to spend a birthday or anniversary occasion. The sparkling wine upon arrival was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the burrata salad and warming tomato soup. We would definitely repeat the experience.

4 – Murder mystery dinner cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Murder mystery dinner cruise by Thames Dinner Cruise

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 11 reviews )

“I had a blast! Good food and fun experience!” Thomas, Getyourguide

Get involved in an interactive murder mystery on the Thames Dinner Cruise involving plenty of clue solving and detective work! Put your brains to the test and prepare for the unexpected during this fun ‘who done it’ game experience!

Enjoy a 3 course meal on board and then head up to the upper deck to take in the views of London at night! From the banks of Westminster, the soaring Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to the modern skyscrapers and docklands of Canary Wharf, this dinner cruise offers plenty of spectacular views and entertainment.

A hilarious theatrical evening spent in good company. The murder mystery entertainment was fun and kept us on our feet and we loved taking some fresh air on deck for photo opportunities when going under London and Tower Bridge.

5 – Dinner cruise by River Thames Cruises

Dinner cruise by River Thames Cruises

During the River Thames Cruises evening experience, guests can enjoy a delicious four course dinner full of British inspired dishes. Sip on a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon boarding the boat and unwind from a busy day!

A live band on board provides fun dinner entertainment and there is a dance floor for those ready to party! Travel all the way to the Thames Barrier passing by the legendary sights of Greenwich, the City Hall and the modern O2 Arena.

What a sophisticated evening full of freshly prepared fine food and great wine. The live band were full of energy and they really lit up the experience. The boat crew were very helpful and ensured everything about the trip ran smoothly!

6 – Dinner cruise with Elvis Tribute by City Experiences

Dinner cruise with Elvis Tribute by City Experiences

Rating: ⭐️ 4.7/5 ( 23 reviews )

“Awesome. Elvis was good, food was good, cruise the best we have done (and there are quite a few), service pleasant, good atmosphere.” Corina, Getyourguide

Transport yourself back to the golden age of rock and roll with the  City Experiences Thames river cruise including a spectacular three course dinner and a live Elvis impersonator tribute band!

Kick your evening off to a celebratory start with a complimentary drink of sparkling wine on the upper deck before tucking into a freshly prepared dinner menu in the salon below. Get grooving and get your hips swaying to the timeless hits full of nostalgia and electrifying charisma!

In addition to the Elvis entertainment, feast your eyes on the views of London at night as the boat passes the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the South Bank.

The Elvis tribute had a fantastic stage presence and really managed to captivate the whole audience during the meal! It certainly felt quite immersive and the diners felt truly part of the action. An evening of pure enjoyment for all!

7 – Dinner cruise by Golden Tours

Dinner cruise by Golden Tours

For fabulous views of London by night and an outstanding four course meal, hop on board the  Golden Tours dinner cruise!

Guests will be serenaded by a two-set live singer performance with the option to hit the dance floor after the meal or head upstairs on the open deck to breathe in the fresh nighttime breeze coming straight off the river.

As the boat sails down the river towards the Thames Barrier, keep your camera ready to capture the twinkling lights of the riverbanks and impressive landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben!

The atmosphere on board was fantastic with everyone joining in on the dance floor during the return journey back to Westminster. The cruise was extensive and we got to see a lot of main sights such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.

List of Thames River speedboat tours

1 – speedboat tour by thames rockets.

Speedboat tour by Thames Rockets

Rating: ⭐️ 4.9/5 ( 527 reviews )

“Fantastic experience! Something to do absolutely if you visit London! The staff on board was really nice and good at their job! Recommended to everyone!!!” Valentina, Getyourguide

Zoom from the London Eye to Canary Wharf with the ultra dynamic  Thames Rockets  experience.

Speed under the bridges of London such as the magnificent Tower Bridge and look up at the city monuments as you propel across the waters to the docklands.

Enjoy the commentary provided by a comedian guide who will have you smiling with endless jokes and storytelling about the history of London. Traveling at 30 knots per hour, this speedy vessel will make you feel invincible! Soak up the refreshing and exhilarating breeze of the Thames first hand.

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Make sure you wrap up warm with weather appropriate clothing! It was extremely fun when the boat started going super fast. The captain and guide made the journey very enjoyable and we loved the feel-good music playing on the onboard sound system.

2 – Speedboat tour by Thames Tigers

Speedboat tour by Thames Tigers

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 663 reviews )

“We had such a fun trip. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Would highly recommend it!” Julie, Viator

Travel all the way from the Tower of London to Greenwich on the speedy  Thames Tigers rib boat experience! Stop off at Greenwich to take a peak and learn a few facts about the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper ship and the impressive Royal Observatory before swerving past the magnificent O2 arena and heading back into central London!

With a maximum of 12 passengers on board, this tour is an intimate and exhilarating way to discover the heart of the Thames River! Listen along to your enthusiastic guide who will share snip bits of history and anecdotes through the journey.

What a blast of a ride! We had a real adventure along the Thames and it was great to pass through some of the different London neighborhoods. The boat was clean and comfortable and all the kids on board were absolutely loving it. A fabulous way to see London from another perspective.

3 – Speedboat tour by Thames Rib Experience

Speedboat tour by Thames Rib Experience

Rating: ⭐️ 4.8/5 ( 340 reviews )

For fans of high speed rollercoasters and sensational adrenaline kicks, there’s no better option than the dynamic Thames Rib Experience which allows you to blast through the river Thames on an exciting speedboat rib!

Get into the mood for adventure with some James Bond theme tunes playing on the loudspeakers as you zoom past iconic London sights and listen along to the entertaining commentary that will help orientate you along the way!

With a maximum of 12 passengers on board, this rib experience can guarantee some fast-paced exhilarating river action! See London as you have never seen it before and soak up the unparalleled city views!

We would definitely recommend wearing warm and comfortable clothing! The rib experience was a great team bonding experience, everybody on board was having a ball! We enjoyed every minute from start to finish, from the interesting facts and explanations of the cheerful guide to the super speedy accelerations!

4 – ThamesJet speedboat ride by City Experiences

ThamesJet speedboat ride by City Experiences

Get ready for a thrilling rush of excitement with the  City Experiences speedboat ride through central London. Feel like you are on a top secret MI5 secret mission as you wizz past major city monuments such as the Shard, St Pauls and the London Eye.

This fast paced river cruise operates during the summer months and don’t worry if you get slightly splashed because passengers are provided with protective waterproof jackets!

Feel your heart pumping with some epic river turns and twists as you propel across the Thames!

The crew made us feel really safe and there was a good safety briefing before we set off. We loved the bumpy parts of the boat ride and the guests were shrieking in excitement. A great way to see a lot of London landmarks in just 50 minutes. What a ride!

List of Thames River private small boat tours & boat rental companies

Escape the crowds with our curated selection of private cruises in London. Indulge in luxurious yacht experiences for tranquility or rev up the excitement with high-speed power boats among friends.

For an exclusive touch, charter a houseboat or yacht for a day on the Thames, offering a unique and sophisticated way to enjoy London’s iconic waters. The perfect way to relax and create some long lasting memories!

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1 – Tate Boat

Tate Boat, Uber Boat

For those who want to explore both the modern art collections in the Tate Modern (located inside the former Bankside Power Station on the South Bank) and the huge collection of British masterpieces at Tate Britain (situated at Millbank on the North Bank), opt for the  Tate Boat that connects the two galleries!

On average a typical journey between the two galleries takes around 25 minutes!

2 – Cruise London

Cruise London

For large birthday events, weddings and celebrations,  Cruise London offers a private party boat charter with two spacious indoor decks and an outer garden deck. The boat can cater for up to 245 guests should you be looking for a large venue capacity!

Cruise London can personalize and tailor your river cruise to suit your preferences with special drinks, food menu and in-house entertainment options.

3 – Thames Luxury Charters

Thames Luxury Charters

Thames Luxury Charters offers a large and elegant fleet of private charter vessels with a capacity of up to 620 guests if you are planning a huge celebration!

Their famous boats include the Dixie Queen, a replica 19th-century paddle steamer that frequently docks at Tower Pier or the smaller Edwardian built in 1985 by Sir Richard Branson.

4 – Thames Limo

Thames Limo

For an intimate romantic dinner, private sightseeing tours or small and select birthday parties, Thames Limo offers private sunset Thames cruises or daytime private river cruises to Hampton Court Palace in a luxurious Venetian water limousine!

The Venetian water limousine adorned with a Union Jack on its hull mixes British character with Italian style finesse!

5 – Out on the Thames

Out on the Thames

With Out on the Thames guests can customize their river itinerary when hiring a choice of three large party boat vessels. The MV Hurlingham has a capacity for 150 guests with a DJ booth and dance floor!

For sightseeing tours, groups can hire out the 200-guest capacity M.V. Chay Blyth, a traditional British passenger boat! Alternatively, experience the historic MV Viscount Boat built in 1907 with a large open front deck.

6 – Diplomat Cruises

Diplomat Cruises

If planning a romantic proposal whilst in London, consider the luxury VIP yachts available at Diplomat Cruises ! They also offer sightseeing cruises with personal guides or dinner cruises with private chefs or buffet catering.

For those who like a bit of fast paced action, their high speed cruises on a private Sunseeker Superhawk promise excellent London panoramas and Bollinger.

7 – Capital Pleasure Boats

Capital Pleasure Boats

Capital Pleasure Boats tick all the boxes for large scale private club nights, birthday discos to graduation parties. With the choice of 4 party boats based at Temple Pier in Central London, the Capital Pleasure Boats can hold from 40 to up to 240 passengers.

Relax on the sundeck, show off your moves on the dance floor, or dine in the central heated saloon areas!

8 – Westminster Party Boats

Westminster Party Boats

Westminster Party Boats provide private chartered events boats that can travel between Gravesend and Kew. They accommodate a wide range of group sizes from just 2 guests up to 220.

With over 30 years of experience organizing and hosting events on the River Thames, the Westminster Party Boats can find the right boat for your occasion.

How to book Thames River cruises in London?

Many companies are offering Thames River cruises and there are also many travel websites selling the same tours online. Certain websites may offer discounts, so prices may vary from one website to another.

To ensure that you find the best deal for your river cruise, use the Tourscanner search engine to thoroughly compare offers, reviews, and prices!

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Westminster To Greenwich River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Take the scenic route from Westminster to Greenwich by hopping onboard this River Thames cruise.
  • Tune in to an engaging WiFi audio guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin) as you enjoy the cruise.
  • See the iconic monuments of London such as the London Eye, Tower of London, The Shard, and many more.
  • Choose between a one-way trip or a round trip to enjoy more time onboard.
  • River Thames sightseeing cruise tickets (one way or round trip from Westminster to Greenwich)
  • WiFi audio guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin)

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • One Way - Westminster to Greenwich
  • Round Trip - Westminster to Greenwich and Back
  • You will need a smartphone to access the live audio commentary.
  • Please note that the exact cruise times might vary.
  • At Westminster Pier go directly to the boarding point B.
  • At Greenwich Pier board from the right-hand side of the pier.

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Westminster To Tower Bridge Quay Thames Cruise

  • Enjoy a cruise from Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay, with a choice between one-way and round-trip.
  • Let the live English commentary wash over you as you enjoy the city views, or tune in to WiFi audio guides available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin.
  • Revel in a serene route that takes you through Embankment, Festival, and Bankside piers before reaching Tower Bridge Quay.
  • Catch stunning views of famous monuments, including the London Eye, National Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower of London, and many more.
  • Sightseeing Cruise (One-way or round trip)
  • Live English commentary
  • WiFi audio guides in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin
  • One-Way Cruise
  • Round Trip Cruise

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Uber Boat By Thames Clippers Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in London

  • Soak in the best sights of London as you travel on the River Thames by boat.
  • With over 18 piers across London and a fleet of 20 boats departing from Putney Pier in the west to Woolwich Royal Arsenal in the east, plan a hassle-free itinerary.
  • Navigate through the city safely and comfortably as your cruise past London’s best attractions.
  • Choose between a single river journey on the Thames or a River Roamer hop-on hop-off pass.
  • Some of the iconic sites you’ll see are the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, the Oxo Building, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Single River Journey on the Thames

  • All-day cruise ticket (valid from 6am until the end of service on the same day)
  • Service between 19 piers across London
  • One-way transfer
  • Air-conditioned vessel

River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass

  • All-day hop-on-hop-off pass (valid for 24-hours after activation)
  • Service between 24 piers across London
  • Air-conditioned boats
  • Food and drinks (both available to purchase onboard from the fully licensed bar)
  • Hotel transfers

Weekday Westbound

  • First cruise is at 6:25am from Barking Riverside
  • Last cruise is at 10:57am from Putney
  • Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes

Weekday Eastbound

  • First cruise is at 6:30am from Putney
  • Last cruise is at 10:24am from Barking Riverside
  • Frequency: approx. every 20 minutes

Weekend Westbound

  • First cruise is at 8:20am from Barking Riverside
  • Last cruise is at 4:28pm from Battersea Power Station

Weekend Eastbound

  • First cruise is at 8:35am from Battersea Power Station
  • Last cruise is at 4:53pm from Barking Riverside

Please here for the detailed route map.

  • Tip: Opt for a cruise from March to October for the best weather.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, Pram/stroller accessibility
  • You can bring a Guide or Assistance dog on board with you without charge.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Evening Cruise on River Thames

  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise on the Thames during the sunset which offers the best views of the city at the best times of the day.
  • Check out the prominent landmarks of the city from the water including the London Eye, Big Ben, London Bridge and more.
  • Relish a selection of delicious canapes and sparkling wine as you relax on the Thames evening cruise.
  • Head indoors and witness the breathtaking cityscape while enjoying a live pop, rock, swing, or funk performance.
  • Please note: Children aged 13 and under are not allowed on the cruise.
  • 2-hour evening cruise on the Thames
  • Sparkling wine or soft drink on arrival
  • A selection of cold canapés served throughout the evening
  • Live music performances on board

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Thames River Lunch Cruise Ticket

  • Enjoy an afternoon cruise along the River Thames and take in breathtaking views of London from the waters.
  • The friendly staff on board the cruise will serve up a delicious two-course lunch for your culinary pleasure.
  • Gasp in awe as you enjoy the 360-degree view of the river from the deck.
  • Cruise past various well-known sights including the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and gain a different perspective on them from the waters.
  • Admission to the cruise
  • 2-course meal
  • Live or recorded commentary
  • Transportation to the pier

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Go City London Explorer Pass: Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 90 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • The London Explorer Pass saves you time and money with one-time access to London's top attractions!
  • Save up to 49% on the individual cost of admission tickets to The Tower of London, ZSL London Zoo, and Westminster Abbey.
  • The pass also lets you visit Hard Rock Cafe London and explore the city with a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Pick from 2,3,4,5 or 7 attractions pass depending on your itinerary and flexibility.
  • Scan your pass at the 1st attraction you visit to activate it and use it within 60 days post-activation.
  • Choice of 2/3/4/5/7 of London's top activities
  • Attractions: Tower of London, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers 1-day River Roamer, Westminster Abbey & more
  • Guided tours: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour, Wembley Stadium Tour, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour & more
  • Museums: Household Cavalry Museum, The Queen's Gallery, London Transport Museum & more
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  • Airport transfers
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  • You can visit each attraction only once daily.
  • The app is available in different languages including English, French, German and Spanish.
  • First, download the Go City App. Follow the instructions on your order confirmation to sync your pass with the Go City app.
  • Once you visit your first attraction, your pass will be activated! Feeling old school? You can also print your pass at home using the link in your confirmation email. You can also show this version of your pass on your phone.
  • The Go City app has loads of handy features to help you plan your itinerary, check attraction opening times and reserve (where required).
  • Your pass is activated as soon as you visit your 1st attraction and is then valid for entry to the number of attractions purchased over 60 days.
  • These tickets are valid for 24 months from the date of purchase.

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Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise

  • Embark on an enchanting 1.5-hour-long afternoon cruise along the River Thames and take in unmatched views of the city.
  • Listen to informative commentary on board as you sail along the Thames and recognize London landmarks, such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Tower Bridge, and more.
  • Enjoy a cherished afternoon tea session on this cruise and feel like royalty as you sip on unlimited cups of tea.
  • Try the perfect tea-time treats laid out to compliment your tea, such as scones and pastries.
  • The recommended dress code for this experience is smart casual wear.
  • Admission tickets
  • A selection of pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam, and more
  • As much tea and coffee as you want
  • Live or pre-recorded commentary

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Free-range egg and cress on soft grain

Oak-smoked salmon and cream cheese on granary

British ham & cheddar cheese with Branston pickles

Sultana scone with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve

Selection of small pastries

###Beverages Tea, coffee, and a selection of herbal and fruit teas

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5 Reasons to go on a Thames River Cruise

London's Iconic Landmarks: Experience London's history as you glide past famous sites like the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

Exceptional Convenience and Comfort: All cruises come with onboard amenities like refreshments, restrooms, and seating options.

A Variety of Cruise Options: Choose from a wide range of Thames River Cruise options, including sightseeing, lunch, dinner, and even themed cruises.

Fascinating Historical Insights: Many Thames River Cruises come with expert commentary or audio guides, enriching your experience.

Memorable Experience: Create lasting memories with your loved ones as you share a magical evening on a Thames River Cruise.

Types of Thames River Cruises

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Sightseeing Cruises


Go on a Thames river sightseeing cruise and marvel at London's iconic landmarks, such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and the Shard. Some sightseeing cruises also provide audio guides or live commentary for an informative experience.

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London Experience with Lunch

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Sightseeing + Lunch

Combine sightseeing with a delicious meal as you enjoy a Thames River Lunch Cruise . Savor a delightful selection of dishes while taking in the stunning views of London's skyline.

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Dinner Cruises

Romantic | ideal for couples.

For a truly romantic evening, opt for a Thames River Dinner Cruise . Indulge in a gourmet meal accompanied by live music and entertainment, while the city lights sparkle around you.

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Combo Cruises

Budget friendly.

Thames River Combo Cruises provide a cost-effective, immersive experience, combining popular London attractions with a scenic river journey, perfect for tourists seeking an all-inclusive, memorable adventure.

Combo: Uber Boat by Thames Clippers + London Cable Car Tickets

Know Before you go on a Thames River Cruise

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Looking for a Quick Tour?

Enjoy a Thames River Cruise that offers flexible boarding times and ticket validity, allowing you to plan your London vacation with ease.

Duration: 1 to 2 Hours

Operating Hours: 10 AM to 7 PM

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When Would you Like to Visit?

Thames River Cruises operate throughout the day, from morning to evening. Check the specific cruise timings when booking to ensure it fits your schedule.

Thames River Cruise Operating Hours: Starts at 10 AM

The last boat leaves at 6:30 PM

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Want to Enjoy Food and Drinks on your Cruise?

Opt for a lunch or dinner cruise to pair your sightseeing experience with a delightful culinary adventure. Enjoy a range of dishes, from casual fare to gourmet cuisine, as you cruise along the Thames River.

Duration: 2-3 Hours

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Ticket Prices Starting from £11.50

Thames River Cruise tickets start at £11.50 for a basic sightseeing cruise, with more elaborate dining and themed cruise options available at higher price points.

Discover the Thames River

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The Thames River, flowing through southern England and the heart of London, is a defining feature of the city. As you embark on a Thames River Cruise, you'll witness the seamless blend of historic and modern architecture lining the riverbanks. The river has been an essential part of London's history, culture, and development, making a Thames River Cruise an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of the city.

Things to See on a Thames River Cruise

Left Bank: Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, The Shard, Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Right Bank: Tower Bridge, London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, HMS Belfast, Canary Wharf.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Palace of Westminster

Plan Your Thames River Cruise Experience

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Thames River Cruise timings vary based on the specific cruise experience you choose. Generally, sightseeing cruises operate throughout the day, with the first cruise departing in the morning and the last cruise in the evening. Check your tickets for exact details.

Audio guides or live commentary are typically included in sightseeing cruise experiences. However, they may not be available on cruises, so make sure you opt for a guided cruise.

Yes, night cruises are available on the Thames River. You can also opt for dinner cruises, which offer a magical evening experience.

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Thames River lunch cruise timings vary depending on the specific cruise you choose. Most cruises operate daily, with boarding times around noon or early afternoon.

A Thames River lunch cruise typically includes a delicious meal, with a variety of menu options to choose from, as well as stunning views of London's iconic landmarks along the riverbanks.

Entertainment options on Thames River lunch cruises may include live music, themed events, or interactive experiences, depending on the specific cruise you select.

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Thames River dinner cruises usually operate daily, with boarding times in the early evening. Check your tickets for specific timings.

A Thames River dinner cruise typically includes a gourmet meal, with a range of menu options to cater to different tastes, as well as live entertainment and breathtaking views of London's skyline illuminated at night.

Thames River dinner cruises often feature live music, performances, or themed events to enhance your dining experience. It can vary depending on the cruise you choose.

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The best time to take a Thames River Cruise is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds.

The average temperature in London ranges from lows of 36°F (2°C) during winter months to highs of 74°F (23°C) during the summer.

London can be windy at times, with average wind speeds ranging from 7 to 15 mph (11 to 24 kph) depending on the season.

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Most Thames River Cruises have multiple boarding points, such as Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, or Greenwich Pier. Please refer to your tickets for specific boarding point information.

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Start Point: Westminster Pier

Cruise along the Thames River past iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Houses of Parliament before reaching Tower Pier.

Intermediate Point: Tower Pier

From Tower Pier, enjoy views of the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and The Shard as you continue your journey down the river.

End Point: Greenwich Pier

As you approach Greenwich Pier, take in the sights of the Old Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark, and the Royal Observatory, which are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some cruises may have additional stops or follow different routes, so it's essential to check your specific cruise itinerary for details.

Top 5 Thames River Cruise Tips

Choose the Right Cruise: Pick between daytime sightseeing, and evening dinner cruises, and consider the duration and route.

Book in Advance: Buy tickets online for discounts, and guaranteed spots, and search for combo offers with attractions.

Opt for Guided Tours: Select audio or live commentary to learn about the history of landmarks you pass by.

Check Weather and Timings: Dress for the weather, and confirm cruise timings to maximize your experience.

Bring a Camera: Capture memorable moments and stunning scenery during your cruise.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thames River Cruises

There are several Thames river cruises in London such as sightseeing, lunch, dinner, combo cruises, afternoon tea cruises, and more.

Sightseeing cruises are popular in London because they offer a unique perspective of the city’s best attractions from the River Thames.

Thames River Cruises duration varies with each cruise, with sightseeing cruises typically lasting 1 to 2 hours, while lunch and dinner cruises may last up to 3 hours.

Some sightseeing cruises include multilingual audio guides. There are also cruise options that include a professional tour guide to provide valuable insights.

Thames River cruises depart from Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Tower Bridge Quay and Greenwich Pier.

The best family-friendly Thames river cruise is the evening cruise, offering entertaining commentary, spacious boats, and flexible hop-on hop-off options. Kids love their themed events and onboard activities.

The Thames Dinner Cruise is perfect for couples who want to spend a romantic evening in London.

Cancellation policies for Thames river cruises vary depending on the type of cruise you opt for. While certain cruise tickets provide a refund if cancellations are made within the specified time frame, others might not permit cancellations, amendments, or refunds.

The most value-for-money Thames river cruise is the Big Bus London: Hop-On-Hop-Off + Cruise , offering unlimited hop-on hop-off access to multiple destinations and a one-way river cruise, at an affordable price for a full day of exploration.

Thames River Cruises is a family-friendly activity, suitable for children of all ages. However, it's essential to supervise young children at all times during the cruise.

Yes, Thames River Cruises offers vegetarian and vegan diets. They have an evolving, seasonal menu that offers a range of options to suit all tastes and preferences.

Pets are generally not allowed on Thames River Cruises, with the exception of registered assistance dogs.

The best time of the year to go on a Thames River cruise is between late spring and early autumn (May to September), when the weather is generally warmer, sunnier, and more pleasant for outdoor sightseeing.

Yes, there are wheelchair-friendly Thames river cruises available. Wheelchair accessible piers include Battersea Power Station Pier across the river from Cadogan, Bankside Pier for London Bridge City and Putney or Plantation Wharf Pier for Wandsworth Riverside Quarter.


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